568. Duties of the appropriate national authority.

568.     Duties of the appropriate national authority.

By virtue of its duty to continue the promotion of a comprehensive health service under the National Health Service Act 2006 and National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006, the appropriate national authority1 is ultimately responsible for providing or securing those mental health services which form part of the national health service2.

The appropriate national authority3 has a specific duty to provide, inter alia, hospital accommodation to the extent it considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements4, and such facilities for the prevention, care and after-care of illness as are appropriate as