Young mental health inpatient services discussed in Parliament

On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 a group of MPs debated inpatient mental health services for children and young people in Parliament.

The debate was called by Labour MP Alan Johnson (West Hull and Hessle) who, along with several others, raised their concerns around young inpatients with Norman Lamb MP.

You can read the full transcript of the debate here

Alternatively, you can read Young Minds' summary of the debate here


Andrew Cummings, MHNE's young people and mental health lead, said: 

Ferndene"I think it is excellent that young mental health inpatients are being represented by their MPs in Parliament and I would like to thank Alan Johnson MP for securing the debate.

"MHNE is concerned at some of the issues raised in the debate, such as young people being admitted to adult inpatient wards or in some cases being sent over 115 miles from their home due to a lack of inpatient beds. I hope that Norman Lamb MP follows up on his commitment to visit one of the constituents mentioned in the debate and does his utmost to address the issues raised.

"Earlier in the year I visited Ferndene Inpatient Service (pictured), an acute ward in Northumberland for young people with mental health and learning difficulties. I was really impressed by Ferndene's modern facilities, dedicated staff and welcoming atmosphere. It passed what should be a compulsory test - 'is it the kind of place I would be feel comfortable sending my own child too'.

"It is both inspiring and assuring to see that inpatient services of such a high standard exist, particularly in the North East, and I hope that similar services can learn something from Ferndene."