Adult Mental Health Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 26 February 2013.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health 11:30, 26 February 2013

The Government inherited an institutional bias against mental health in the NHS. [Interruption.] It is absolutely true; when the 18-week target was introduced, nothing was available for those suffering with mental health problems. Mental health patients did not benefit from choice that was introduced elsewhere in the NHS. I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman about the importance of crisis services, and the first NHS mandate has required the Commissioning Board to do work on the availability of mental health services and to ensure that we can introduce access standards so that mental health service users and patients benefit from the same rights as those with physical health problems.