Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of community mental health services for people with severe mental illness.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government recognises that we need to go further in improving mental health services.

NHS England is developing a new framework for community mental health services focussing on care for adults with severe mental illnesses.

This work draws on a wide range of sources of data and intelligence, including the Care Quality Commission’s annual community mental health surveys and inspections of services.

The Government has asked the National Health Service to develop a long-term plan which will set out a vision for the health service and we have been clear that better access to mental health services, to help achieve the Government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health, is one of the principles which must underpin the plan. It will be published shortly.

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