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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2019
E-000792-19
Question for written answer E-000792-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  Lack of specialist child psychiatry in Spain
 Answer in writing 

Despite the fact that on 24 April 2018 all the Autonomous Communities agreed to establish a speciality in child and adolescent psychiatry, Spain remains one of only two EU countries without such a speciality.

This has serious consequences for the mental health of minors in Spain, who are treated by professionals without the necessary experience or training. The three child psychiatry associations have been calling for years for this speciality to be established, in a context where 20% of children suffer from some form of mental disorder, ranging from mild to severe.

Given this situation and bearing in mind that the 2005 Green Paper on ‘Improving the mental health of the population’ talked about building mental health in infants, children and adolescents:
1. What action will the Commission take to ensure that every EU country has a speciality in child and adolescent psychiatry?
2. Has the Commission had, or will it have, any contact with the Spanish authorities to follow up on the agreement to establish this speciality?
3. Does the Commission consider that specialist child psychiatry should be available in every Member State?
Original language of question: ES 
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