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

It is absolutely tragic to hear about such cases. The hon. Gentleman mentioned that the child had been discharged against her will, and that obviously should not happen if a child is still in need of psychiatric help. The hon. Gentleman will be aware of changes made to the Mental Health Bill in the House of Lords that we are seeking to overturn, but one of the provisions that we are seeking to introduce is supervised community treatment. That would enable someone to be discharged but to remain under the care of health care professionals.


Posted on 26 Apr 2007 4:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Do you think for one moment that a CTO would have saved poor Fiona, she was totally ignored when she knew exactly what she needed, more time on the ward, yet she was ignored and died before she was even able to meet with so-called health care professionals.

When are you going to realise that patients know what they need and when they need it, but if it does not fall in with the NHS system's decisions this is the sort of thing that happens

How many suicides have occured before the patient was able to get community treatment on leaving hospital?