Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Health written question – answered on 24th May 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an appointment with the child and adolescent mental health service in each primary care trust area in 2005-06.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

holding answer 22 May 2006

The requested information is not collected centrally. The child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) mapping exercise for 2004 found that just over 50 per cent. of new cases were seen within four weeks, an improvement on the 24 per cent. of new cases in 2002. Similarly, the number of cases waiting over 13 weeks has reduced from just over 50 per cent. to just over 30 per cent.

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Posted on 2 Jun 2006 1:08 pm (Report this annotation)

These waiting lists are still far to long...we are talking about childrens lives here the future of this once great nation....I am amazed how convienient it is to not hold figures centrally as this makes it implssible to ever give a true figure as they are probably too condeming of a system that is failing every man woman and child in this country.....