Mental Health Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th May 2006.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 2:30 pm, 16th May 2006

Given the extra investment in mental health services, we are anxious that primary care trusts and strategic health authorities should maintain a high quality of care. As I have said, when we looked at planned and actual expenditure last year, the difference was £16 million, but that does not mean that overall expenditure did not increase on mental health services. It did, and it has done so consistently in the years since the national service framework was introduced, along with new teams, modernised ways of working and increased investment. That has made a genuine difference to people who use our mental health services, and we certainly want to maintain those improvements.