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Antidepressants: Children and Young People

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 86687, tabled on 14 November 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children and young people who have been prescribed anti-depressants by their GP, without assessment from a psychiatrist, as recommended in NICE guidance.

Answered on

21 November 2022

No specific assessment has been made. Clinicians are responsible for working with patients to determine the appropriate course of treatment, taking into account best prescribing and practice guidance and the commissioning decisions of local integrated care boards.