Psychiatric Patients: Transport

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 220201 on Hospitals: Transport, by what date all of the new mental health vehicles to reduce inappropriate use of ambulances and police vehicles will be in place.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12th February 2019 to Question 220198 on Hospitals: Transport, whether his Department has plans to make an assessment of the effect of police transportation on the recovery and health of people in mental health crisis.

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

NHS England will be setting out more detailed information about implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan in the spring. This will include more detail on funding and ambitions over the first five years of the plan, including the ambitions to improve the capacity of the ambulance services to respond to mental health needs.

The Department has no plans to make an assessment of the effect of police transportation on the recovery and health of people in mental health crisis.

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