Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 19th March 2019.

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I was not quite sure where Mr Whittle was going with his question. I am not sure whether he is implying that people are detained under the 2003 act because of a lack of other treatment options. I am unclear about what he is asking.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has assured the chamber that mental health is a priority, and the Government has shown that that is the case. We have invested heavily in growing the workforce across all the different professions in mental health. We have also made substantial investment in primary care services and in expanding the primary care team. I expect that, when the review comes back to us with its findings, it will have taken account of the changing landscape of staffing across the health service and social care.