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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to allow patients with paranoid schizophrenia who have a history of violence to choose their own treatment options.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (Care Services; Minister for the East Midlands), Department of Health

"Our Choices in Mental Health", written in consultation with service users and carers and published in 2006, sets out a framework that will make choice available locally to people who use mental health services in England. A copy of the publication has been placed in the Library. When "Our Choices in Mental Health" was published, it was considered that offering a choice of provider or treatment to service users with more severe and enduring conditions would not always be appropriate.

The Care Programme Approach, the process of assessing mental health users' needs, should provide each mental health service user with an opportunity to be actively involved in agreeing their treatment plans with their care coordinator.

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