HC Deb 16 July 1991 vol 195 c141W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidelines to all district health authorities acute mental health services to provide a service for people with mental health problems, similar to the service currently provided by accident and emergency departments for people with medical problems.

Mr. Dorrell

It is for district authorities to assess the psychiatric needs of their populations and to provide, in the light of available resources, a range of mental health services to meet those needs, including emergency services in whatever form is deemed to be most suitable to the locality.