Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new referrals there were to NHS secondary mental health services in March and April (a) 2020 and (b) 2019.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 10 June 2020

The information requested is shown in the following table.

England

March 2019

April 2019

March 2020

April 20202

Referrals to mental health services starting in reporting period1

321,326

303,373

297,516

Not yet available

Source: Mental Health Services Data Set, NHS Digital3

Notes:

1 A person may have had more than one referral within any given period.

2 Data for April 2020 are still being collected and analysed.

3 Caution should be made when comparing data as the coverage of the Mental Health Services Data Set has increased with 266 providers submitting data in March 2020 compared to 171 providers in March 2019.

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