Henderson Hospital: Closures

Health written question – answered on 7th January 2008.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) services funded by the Henderson hospital and (b) proposals to provide those services via alternate means.

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

The provision of health services, including mental health services, is a matter for the local national health service.

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Natalie Lambert
Posted on 9 Jan 2008 4:17 pm (Report this annotation)

In direct contradiction to Ivan Lewis' comment, the provision of mental health services is not purely a matter for local national health services. As stated in the government's own policy, national services made vulnerable by the devolution of central funding to local PCTs (eg. the Henderson) should be able to access regional or national specialist commissioning funds. If the government was to follow its own policy the debate on the Henderson's future would not be necessary.

To respond to Lynne Jones' poignant question on alternative services- no genuine alternatives are in place. 'Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion' is clear that local mental health services for early intervention and prevention of personality disorders should sit ALONGSIDE specialist national services such as the Henderson- which is named explicitly. Yet again then, it is clear that provision of mental health services is not exclusively in the remit of local PCTs.

The fact that these two policies together support the continued national funding of this national service makes its imminent closure on the basis of a local PCT decision alone, even more of a travesty.