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Mental Health Services: Pontefract

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment of the potential effect of the closure of CAMHS services in Pontefract on people who (a) cannot afford to use public transport and (b) do not have access to a car.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to provide additional financial support to allow the (a) re-opening of CAMHS clinics in Pontefract and (b) opening of new CAMHS facilities in Hemsworth constituency.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health services for Pontefract are commissioned locally by Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.

The community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the east Wakefield area are relocating rather than closing. Services will in future be in Castleford.

The service will continue to offer a refund on public transport to those families who meet the criteria of being on income support, income based Job Seekers Allowance, or those with a tax credit exemption certificate or valid HC2/HC3 form regardless of their home address.

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