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Criminal Justice: Mental Health

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to establish criminal justice mental health teams in all primary care trusts in England, as recommended in the Bradley report; and whether these will be mandated in the next NHS Operating Framework. [HL3828]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to act upon the Bradley report recommendation for a 14-day waiting time target for transfers from prison to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983. [HL3829]

Lord Bradley's report has made 82 recommendations and the Government endorse the aims behind these recommendations. However, Lord Bradley's report itself recognises many recommendations, including those relating to criminal justice mental health teams and the 14 day waiting time target to transfer prisoners to hospital, are longer term and will need further work to ensure that all implications are considered. This work will be remitted to the new National Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board which will report progress to Parliament in October 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to explore the feasibility of transferring responsibility for commissioning healthcare in police stations to the National Health Service. [HL3830]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to conduct a review of the potential for early intervention with children and young people at risk of offending, as recommended in the Bradley report. [HL3831]

Lord Bradley's report has made 82 recommendations and the Government have produced a response to each of these recommendations in its Written Ministerial Statement, which was published alongside Lord Bradley's report.

The Government are clear in this response that the new Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board, set up as a result of another of Lord Bradley's recommendations, will examine the potential benefits of transferring commissioning in police stations to the National Health Service and report to Ministers on the options by April 2010. However, Lord Bradley's report itself recognises many recommendations, including that concerning a further review of the potential for early intervention with children and young people, are longer term and will need further work to ensure that all implications are considered. This work will also be remitted to the new National Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board, which will develop its delivery plan based on Lord Bradley's recommendations and report progress to Parliament in October 2009.