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 Steve Webb Steve Webb Liberal Democrat, Northavon 2:30 pm, 16th May 2006

On Friday, the Department of Health produced a press release headed, "End of the 'Prozac nation'—more counselling, more therapy". It trumpeted a "ground-breaking initiative", "a major new programme". What we get is a couple of pilot schemes, while in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and other places around the country that we have heard about, front-line mental health services are being cut. Is that not another case of the Department of Health being out of touch with what is happening on the ground?