Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 11:30 am, 22nd March 2005

The hon. Gentleman knows very well, because I am sure that he will have studied carefully Louis Appleby's report "The NSF for Mental Health—Five Years On", that £728 million extra has been spent on mental health services since the Government made them one of their top three health care priorities. He also knows that the numbers of consultants, clinical psychologists and nurses working in the community have risen, as I have already outlined, and we have crisis resolution teams and early intervention teams. At the same time, there are vacancies, and we are considering with the Royal College of Psychiatrists new ways in which psychiatrists can work. If he visited some of the community teams that have been set up, he would find that psychologists, psychiatrists and community teams are working together in a totally new approach, involving investment and reform. As I am sure he knows well, we gave £2 million to Saneline over two years. That contract was always going to come to an end; it was not for ongoing support. We have put all the telephone helplines together in one association, backed up by £5 million of support, for which Saneline can apply. The Government have made vast improvements in mental health services, which were neglected for 18 years under the previous Administration.


Posted on 14 Apr 2005 1:08 am (Report this annotation)

If £728 million extra has been spent on mental health what is the total spend before the extra money??