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

No, I will not. One of the problems with the House of Lords amendments to the Mental Health Bill is that, in certain circumstances, they restrict the ability of clinicians to treat 16 or 17-year-olds, for example, who might be better placed on an adult ward. That imposes quite a straitjacket in terms of the clinician's ability to place people. There is also the issue of emergency treatment and the Lords amendments create further problems in that respect. However, as I said, we are certainly committed to ensuring within two years that children younger than 16 are not treated on adult wards.


Posted on 26 Apr 2007 4:08 pm (Report this annotation)

It would seem that the minister is only concerned with the so called problems the Lords ammendments will have on her, the child is the important one and no 16 or 17-year old will ever be better placed on an adult ward, no matter how convenient it is for you or the clinician