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 recent assessment his Department has made of the impact the waiting period to see a therapist in the NHS has on the likelihood of patients seriously harming (a) themselves and (b) others.

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

No recent assessment has been made. However, all National Health Service mental health providers have established 24 hours a day, seven days a week urgent mental health helplines. We will also publish a new long-term plan for suicide prevention later this year. We are investing at least £2.3 a year by 2023/24 to supporting an additional two million people in England to access NHS-funded mental health services.

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