Results 1–20 of 1146 for speaker:Maree Todd

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: I have only a brief time to close the debate on behalf of the Government. I will try to respond to as many as I can of the points that have been raised. As a mental health pharmacist who spent 20 years working for NHS Highland, far from experiencing the “nationalist ministerial disinterest” that Alex Cole-Hamilton described, I was so inspired by our SNP ministers’ leadership of our...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: One moment. Of course, Covid and Brexit have lingering impacts, but there has also been the enormously painful effect of Liz Truss’s premiership. It might have lasted only a few weeks, but its impact will be felt for many years. I will give way to Paul Sweeney.

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: We absolutely recognise the value of community link workers, which is why we have invested in them. They have a record budget this year. The mental health directorate’s programmed budget has more than doubled since 2021 to more than £260 million. In fact, our NHS boards’ investment in mental health services has also increased, despite the difficult situation that we face. I welcome Tim...

Scottish Parliament: Psychological Services (Availability) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: We want people in Scotland, regardless of their background or circumstances, to have access to the right help at the right time when they struggle with their mental or physical health. To support the delivery of that ambition, the Scottish Government published the “National Specification for the Delivery of Psychological Therapies and Interventions in Scotland” in September 2023. The...

Scottish Parliament: Psychological Services (Availability) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: Our mental health and wellbeing strategy is absolutely clear on the need for a wide range of options to provide support for those who need it. I am aware of the member’s letter and will respond as soon as I can. I welcome him drawing that to my attention and I appreciate the additional support that the centre is providing in Lanarkshire. We continue to work with NHS boards across Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Psychological Services (Availability) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: We continue to invest record amounts in mental health provision across the country to ensure that people’s needs are met effectively, safely and in a timely fashion. We are working in an unprecedented financial situation, which might lead to difficult decisions about future investment, but we remain committed to supporting all boards to achieve the standard that 90 per cent of patients...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways ( 1 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: Excellent progress has been made in many board areas since we accepted the recommendations of the “Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways” report last year. We have provided £567,000 for implementation to the national autism implementation team. Nine of the 14 NHS health boards in Scotland now have adult neurodevelopmental pathway strategic groups, and five have a current local action plan....

Scottish Parliament: Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways ( 1 Feb 2024)

Maree Todd: I absolutely appreciate how difficult it can be to wait for a diagnosis and that the picture is inconsistent across Scotland. That is why we are continuing to fund the national autism implementation team, which works with and supports boards. That work includes establishing and reviewing evidence on best practice, forming strategic groups and responding to specific issues in local areas. We...

Scottish Parliament: Community Mental Health Services (Funding) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: We continue to invest in quality community health services to support our prevention and early intervention priorities. That includes providing investment of more than £2.1 billion for primary care and supporting spending in excess of £1.3 billion for mental health, which will continue to enable record numbers of mental health staff to provide more varied support and services. The mental...

Scottish Parliament: Community Mental Health Services (Funding) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: I certainly agree that investment in social care makes a profound difference to people’s lives, and that it is vital that we maintain services for people with learning disabilities that are based in communities. However, there is a requirement for local health and social care partnerships and local democratically accountable organisations, such as local councils, to be locally accountable...

Scottish Parliament: Community Mental Health Services (Funding) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: We invest in local communities in a number of ways, through local authorities and the third sector interface fund, directly to support mental health organisations and to have a mental health impact in our communities. The Scottish Government is absolutely committed to delivering high-quality services and to supporting households, but we are in an extremely difficult financial situation, and...

Scottish Parliament: Community Mental Health Services (Funding) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: We are absolutely committed to improving mental health services for young people. It was a delight for me to meet those young parliamentarians in this building last week. We have made massive and sustainable improvements in our child and adolescent mental health services investment. Waiting lists are falling. The median time in which to be seen is now 10 weeks, so one in two children who are...

Scottish Parliament: Diabetes (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone living with diabetes can access clinically appropriate safe, effective and person-centred healthcare, treatment and support. In February 2021, we published a refresh of the “Diabetes Improvement Plan: Diabetes Care in Scotland—Commitments for 2021-2026”. It sets out our aims and priorities to support those living with...

Scottish Parliament: Diabetes (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: As I said in my original answer, we have increased the level of funding for such technologies. Between 2016 and 2021, the Scottish Government invested £10 million of additional funding specifically to support increased provision of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. Between March 2021 and March 2022, a further £19.6 million was allocated to NHS boards to support increased access...

Scottish Parliament: Diabetes (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: I will take a quick moment to recognise Emma Harper’s on-going interest in the area and her use of her experience to highlight the issue to our population. As I said, we have invested £19.6 million of additional funding specifically to support the increased provision of diabetes technologies, but we recognise that significant challenges remain. It is difficult for national health service...

Scottish Parliament: Diabetes (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: We absolutely recognise the link between mental health, disordered eating and type 1 diabetes, and we have made a significant investment in the link between mental health and diabetes. The report by Theresa May is important. It is absolutely to be commended that she has used her experience to highlight that vital area. We, as a Government, are keen to read the report and see what we can learn...

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: As is detailed in our new dementia strategy for Scotland, which launched in May last year, we are committed to improving the experiences of our dementia communities, including through our investment in dementia care and support by health and social care partnerships of £2.2 billion in 2022-23, which is a 14 per cent increase since 2014. Our strategy recognises the need to build on our...

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: Our strategy, which was developed in partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, makes clear the importance of community support and the role of localities and the people who live there in deciding what dementia services and support fit their needs. In addition to the £2.2 billion that I set out, which is provided to HSCPs to fund dementia care, the Scottish Government has...

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Support) (24 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: I am happy to write to the member with further supplementary information, but she will be aware that everyone in Scotland has access to free eye testing. Very often, optometrists go out into community settings when people are not able to access them on the high street. I will ask my colleague Jenni Minto to update the member on progress with community audiology.

Scottish Parliament: Business Motions (17 Jan 2024)

Maree Todd: I am wondering whether the Conservatives are really suggesting that we should not proceed with the change that is so urgently needed in the sector. We all know that the case for change has been made unequivocally through the independent review of adult social care, through our on-going co-design discussions with people who have lived experience, and through almost every exchange that I have...


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