HC Deb 26 October 1999 vol 336 cc854-5W
Mr. David Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further improvements he plans to make to the quality and provision of mental health services. [93176]

Mr. Hutton

Our plans for improving mental health services were set out last year in "Modernising Mental Health Services". This made clear that improvements would be delivered through the implementation of the National Service Framework for Mental Health, reviewing mental health legislation and through new investment and reprioritisation of existing resources.

We published the National Service Framework on 30 September which sets out detailed standards, service models and milestones for measuring improvements in services. Implementation of the National Service Framework will be subject to rigorous performance management.

We have made clear our commitment to investing new resources in mental health services over this and the next two years to help health and social services reshape mental health services.