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.


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?