Mental Health: Spending — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 27th January 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Jolly Baroness Jolly Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 2:37 pm, 27th January 2014

Child and adolescent services are certainly critical. The Government have put £54 million into child and adolescent IAPT services, and IAPT waiting times are being looked at slightly differently. Those services will be provided in two stages. The first stage will involve not just the first appointment but an agreed programme of care. The second stage is that a second appointment has to be in the book within 28 days of the first appointment. We have looked at trying to make the waiting times slightly more rigid and non-virtual. I emphasise the Government’s concern about child and adolescent services.