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Mental Health

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing the provision of a mental health telephone helpline. [16978]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has committed £5 million to the Mental Health Helplines Partnership (MHHP) between 2004–05 and 2006–07. The MHHP's steering group works with the programme management board at the Department to decide on how the MHHP spends its funding.

The MHHP comprises the majority of major national and local voluntary and community sector mental health telephone helpline providers (around 50), excluding membership organisations, and MHHP organisations handle over 5 million telephone calls/contacts per year, or 99 per cent. of all calls made to mental health helplines.

In addition, NHS Direct responds to about 325,000 calls per year from people with mental health issues. NHS Direct works in close partnership with the member organisations of the MHHP.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data the annual mapping of older people's mental health services will collect; and when (a) the first exercise will be completed and (b) the data validated. [18603]

Mr. Byrne: For the first time this year the Department will be supporting service mapping of older people's mental health services done on its behalf by Durham University's centre for applied social research. The mapping will support local commissioning discussions, in nationally benchmarking service elements alongside local activity data and improving understanding of the local service models, as well as providing the basis of a local service directory for users and carers. This exercise will commence in November 2005 and conclude on 31 March 2006 after which data will be available. It is envisaged that similar data collections will be supported annually. Finance data on older people's mental health services will also be included for the first time in this autumn's national finance mapping of mental health services.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients went to see their GP about mental health problems in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004. [18797]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not centrally available. The First National GP Survey of Mental Health in Primary Care (Mental After Care Association, 1999) reported that general practitioners spend on average 30 per cent. of their time on mental health problems. This publication is available at:

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children who care for a mentally ill parent. [18802]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In 2003–04, approximately 7,900 carers under the age of 18 in England cared for a parent with a mental illness.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to support children who care for their mentally ill parent. [18803]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government have shown the importance it attaches to supporting children who care for parents with a mental illness, through the 1999 national service framework for mental health (NSFMH), the NHS Plan (2000), and the 2004 national service framework for children, young people and maternity services (NSFC).

The NSFMH sets out national standards, future aims and priorities for mental health services in England over a 10-year period. Specifically, standard six, Caring about carers", identifies the needs of all individuals who provide substantial care for a person on a care plan approach. This is available on the Department's website at:

The NSF is also supported by the NHS Plan (2000) which sets a target of having 700 carer support workers in place by the end of 2004: by the end of March 2005, 654 (more than 93 per cent., of this target) carer support workers were in post, which represents a very significant achievement.

Standard two of the NSFC—Supporting parenting—recognises that special circumstances exist in some families, including parental mental illness and where children may be unpaid carers. This NSF identifies the need for support to those children who are carers and is available on the Department's website at:

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have allocated to child and adolescent mental health services during each of the past three years; and how much it plans to allocate in each of the next three years. [18805]

Mr. Byrne: The available information is shown in the table. These funds are in addition to the funding included in the general resources available to the national health service and local authorities for the development of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). CAMHS funding for the national health service in 2006–07 and 2007–08 has yet to be determined. CAMHS funding in 2008–09 and thereafter will be part of the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.
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CAMHS funding—2003–04 to 2007–08
£ million

Local authority revenueNHS revenueNHS capital

Funding in 2006–07 and 2007–08 is subject to approval by Parliament.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many episodes of cognitive behavioural therapy have been conducted with NHS patients with mental illness in each of the last five years; [18828]

(2) how many (a) adults and (b) children received cognitive behavioural therapy treatment for mental illness in each of the last five years. [19013]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not centrally available.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of MMR vaccine have been purchased from overseas suppliers in the current year; broken down by (a) source and (b) cost. [18816]

Caroline Flint: The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is purchased from United Kingdom-registered companies.

New Dental School

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she has established for universities bidding for a new dental school; what representations she has received from universities bidding to open a new dental school; and what timeframe she has put in place for the selection of a new university dental school. [17165]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The management of the Government's programme for the expansion of dental education is being undertaken by a joint implementation group (JIG) comprising representatives of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Department and the national health service. In inviting bids, the JIG set the following criteria: geographical context, innovation, quality, value for money and widening participation. Bids have been received both from universities wishing to expand their existing dental schools and from those currently without a school. The JIG will be putting its recommendations to the HEFCE in time for the board to decide the location of the additional training places at its meeting in January 2006.

NHS Funding

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received since 2003 from (a) the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Strategic Health Authority, (b) the West Suffolk
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Hospital NHS Trust and (c) the West Suffolk Primary Care Trust requesting an increase in their NHS funding allocation. [17700]

Ms Rosie Winterton: According to departmental records, there have been no representations to the Department since 2003 from either of these organisations on this matter.

NHS Prescription Costs

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS prescriptions were made (a) to all people and (b) to people aged over 60 years for (i) chlorpromazine (largactil), (ii) thioridazine, (iii) haloperidol (seranacem, haldol, dozic), (iv) promazine (sparine), (v) flupentixol (depixol, fluanxol), (vi) olanzapine (zyprexa), (vii) pericyazine (neulactil), (viii) risperidone (risperidol), (ix) sulpiride (dolmatil, sulpitil), (x) trifluoperazine (stealazine) and (xi) clozapine (cloxaril); and if she will estimate the cost to the NHS of prescribing each of them in that year. [16484]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In 2004, the national health service in England prescribed antipsychotic medicines in the quantities shown in table one. The second column shows the total quantities prescribed for each medicine, aggregating all generic brands and strengths of each medicine. The third column shows the total number of prescriptions for these medicines issued to persons aged over 60 years.

The information in the third column is based on a one in 20 sample of all exempt prescriptions identified by the Prescription Pricing Authority from those dispensed by community pharmacists, appliance contractors, dispensing doctors, and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England. This information is an estimate and is subject to sampling errors. Also included are prescriptions issued in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man but dispensed in England. The data does not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts.

Table two shows the costs of each of these medicines to the NHS in England in 2004. These figures do not include any discounts over and above drug tariff rates, nor any dispensing costs or fees.
Table 1: Antipsychotic medicines prescribed in England in 2004
Quantity (Thousand)

Total NHS prescriptions in
Name of medicineIn 2004In 2004 to
patients aged over 60
Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride656214.8
Promazine Hydrochloride182.5116.1
Flupentixol Hydrochloride222.5112.6

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Table 2: Antipsychotic medicines prescribed in England in 2004

Name of medicineCost to NHS (£000)
Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride1,389.4
Promazine Hydrochloride525.9
Flupentixol Hydrochloride812.2

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