900800 - Psychiatry: Waiting Lists (Answered)

Louise Haigh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for talking therapies.

George Freeman

This year we are implementing the first ever waiting time standards for mental health. These will ensure that the majority of adults who need referral for talking therapies will be treated by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme within six weeks, with a maximum wait of 18 weeks.