Mental Health Services: St Helens South and Whiston

Department of Health written question – answered on 29 June 2015.

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Photo of Marie Rimmer Marie Rimmer Labour, St Helens South and Whiston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for mental health patients in St Helens South and Whiston constituency.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is a matter for the local National Health Service.

The Government’s mandate to the NHS for 2015/16 and our publication Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020 both include a commitment to introduce tailored access and waiting times for mental health in 2015/16. We have invested a total of £120 million in this work.

Total mental health spending increased from £11.362 billion in 2013/14 to a planned £11.664 billion in 2014/15, a rise of £302 million.

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