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Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 284365, tabled on 2 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the all-party Parliamentary group on Parkinsons' report entitled, Mental health matters too.

Answered on

9 September 2019

The guideline on Parkinson’s disease published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in July 2017 includes recommendations on managing depression in Parkinson’s in line with its own best practice guidance on depression in people with chronic health problems.

In addition, NHS England commissions the specialised neurological care that people with Parkinson’s disease may need, and it has set out that such specialised care should include access to psychologists to manage symptoms like anxiety and depression.