Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation between the Healthcare Commission and independent operators of in-patient care facilities for people suffering from mental illness took place in 2005 on inspection procedures.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Quality and Patient Safety), Department of Health

The Chairman of the Healthcare Commission has confirmed that it held a public consultation on revisions to its inspection methods between November 2004 and February 2005. The Healthcare Commission also held consultation meetings on inspection methods in each of its four regions in January 2005 and information exchange workshops in June 2005. All registered providers, including mental health establishments, were invited to these events.

Consultation on changes planned for 2006 started on 2 December 2005 and runs until 24 February. Consultation documents are published on the Healthcare Commission's website at:

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Posted on 18 Feb 2006 1:30 pm (Report this annotation)

how many mental health establishments that were invited actually participated in this consultation/information many service users and carers were invited to participate?