Mental Health Services: Young People

Health written question – answered on 25th July 2007.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many strategic health authorities offer a child and adolescent mental health services specialist on 24-hour call out service;

(2) which child and adolescent mental health services facilities (a) closed and (b) experienced a reduction in services during each of the last three years.

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

Information is not collected centrally on the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) that may have closed or have reduced services in the last three years.

However, the latest information coming from the Department's public service agreement standard of a comprehensive CAMHS in every area shows that every primary care trust, bar two, has met the assessment of this standard. Achievement of the standard has been assessed against three proxy measures, one of which is the provision of a 24/7 emergency service.

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