28, 2018 Burnham-On-Sea
MP quizzes minister over mental health provision
MP James Heappey has this week asked Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price
about mental health services in Somerset.
in Parliament on Tuesday, the MP said: "Does the Minister agree
with me that a better lay down of mental health services, so that
there are crisis houses and step down facilities that might stop
people needing to be admitted to acute mental health facilities
in the first place or support them after they are discharged, is
she join me in encouraging Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
to make sure those services are available in our county too."
Minister Jackie Doyle-Price responded: "I think my honourable
friend reached the nub of the issue in his final statement which
is that commissioning is something for local commissioning groups,
but through things like this CQC (Care Quality Commission) report,
plus the work we're doing... we are trying to make sure there is
a consistent application of good quality services around the country.
It's fair to say while we find some centres excellent, in some areas
services are patchy. Where it's less good, clearly it leads to worse
outcomes. We are determined to the best we can to promote the best
possible services across the country."
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