Mental Health Patients (Children)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th April 2007.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 2:30 pm, 24th April 2007

We have made a commitment to eliminate within two years the use of adult psychiatric wards for children younger than 16. My officials are writing to strategic health authorities informing them that if a child younger than 16 is placed on an adult psychiatric ward, it should be reported directly to the Department so that we can take appropriate action.

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molijana
Posted on 26 Apr 2007 4:01 pm (Report this annotation)

How many other youngsters will be subjected to the things Lois and Antonia went through within this 2 year period? Any is too many.

A 16 year old is still far to young to be put on an adult ward in the first place

How soon can the Department react to the report of a youngster being placed on an adult ward and what is the appropriate action that they will take?