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Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients presenting at A&E with a mental health emergency are treated with equal priority as patients with a physical health emergency.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have committed through the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24 to ensure that all acute hospitals have an all-age mental health liaison service in place by 2020/21, with 50% of these meeting the ‘core 24’ standard for adults and older adults. This will increase to 70% by 2023/24 working towards 100% coverage thereafter.

This will ensure that people who present at accident and emergency departments with mental health needs will have access to appropriate mental health support.

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