Mental Health Services: Private Sector

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allow private sector organisations to run mental health services in (a) Harrow, (b) London and (c) throughout England; and if will he make a statement.

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

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning mental health services, including from private sector organisations, to meet the reasonable requirements of their patients.

When commissioning, CCGs also have a duty to consult patients and the public at various specified stages of the commissioning process, including when creating commissioning plans, developing and considering proposals for change and making decisions affecting the operation of commissioning.

CCGs must ensure that all providers, including private sector organisations, provide safe services of the highest quality possible.

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