Mental Health: Northern Ireland

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on mental health issues in each of the last four years;

(2) what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on suicide prevention in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Ministers in the Department of Health have not corresponded with those at the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss mental health issues in the past four years.

However, officials liaise regularly with colleagues in Northern Ireland over transfers of patients who are detained under our respective mental health legislation. They also have discussions where judicial reviews or other issues may have implications for each other's legislation. In the past four years none of the issues raised has required inter-ministerial correspondence.

Suicide prevention is a devolved matter. No discussions have taken place between Ministers at the Department and the Northern Ireland Executive about suicide prevention in Northern Ireland.

However, officials within the Department have had contact with officials in Northern Ireland so that they can work collaboratively on the issue where appropriate.

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