Alcohol and Drug Treatment Strategy

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Ruth Maguire Ruth Maguire Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Government how it will evaluate the delivery of the alcohol and drug treatment strategy, “Rights, Respect and Recovery”. (S5O-03418)

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

NHS Health Scotland is leading on the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan that involves the Scottish Government as well as other key stakeholders. The plan will enable the Scottish Government to measure progress and assess the impact of the strategy.

Photo of Ruth Maguire Ruth Maguire Scottish National Party

The landscape for treatment and recovery services can be complex, and the process of how funding is allocated for early intervention and recovery work as opposed to core clinical services is a little opaque. How will the Scottish Government address that? Audit Scotland’s report of May 2019 highlights that making performance-related reporting public could help with accountability. Does the minister agree?

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

We welcome Audit Scotland’s report, and our national alcohol and drug strategy, which was published last year, set out a number of actions that will address issues that were identified in the report.

In the coming weeks, the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities intend to publish a partnership delivery framework to support local planning arrangements to address alcohol and drug harms. As I mentioned, we are working with NHS Health Scotland to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the new strategy. The introduction later this year of the new drug and alcohol information system, or DAISy, will provide clear links between spending and outcomes and will demonstrate how investment in drug and alcohol services contributes to improving health outcomes.