Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients prescribed antidepressants who do not take that medication for the prescribed length of time.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has made no such estimate. The Government expects clinicians to prescribe anti-depressants responsibly and to follow the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on shared decision making when discussing care and treatment options with their patients.

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