HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 c521W
Mr. Etherington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend provision for(a) hospital-based and (b) community-based mental health services in Sunderland. [115079]

Mr. Hutton

Sunderland health authority has indicated that it plans to expand provision for(a) hospital and (b) community based mental health services through the following initiatives:

(a) Hospital A strategic review of bed provision at the Cherry Knowle Hospital site.

(b) Community Development of an assertive outreach service. Out of hours community practice nurse/social worker team. Roll out of pilot scheme looking at multi-disciplinary working between a community practice nurse team and social services.