Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of psychological services within a reasonable time frame.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No formal assessment has been made. However, we have introduced waiting time standards for children and young people’s eating disorder services, early intervention in psychosis services and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

In February, NHS England and NHS Improvement published the outcomes of the consultation on five new access and waiting time standards for mental health services. We are now working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on further actions. In addition, we are investing £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24 to enable an extra two million people in England to access National Health Service-funded mental health support.

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