Mental Health Services in Tayside (Independent Inquiry)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th March 2020.

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I expect that anyone who presents in a state of mental health crisis is given a thorough mental health assessment and that a proper risk assessment is carried out by the person who did the assessment, whether a doctor, nurse or allied health professional, as happens day in, day out across the country in mental health teams, accident and emergency departments and in-patient settings.

I expect that people would be thoroughly assessed, and, if it was felt that admission was not the best course of treatment for them at that point, appropriate treatment services would be put in place for them—whether those were crisis, community or third-sector organisations’ services. I also expect that people would be appropriately signposted and given the support that they need to deal with whatever crisis they are going through. I expect that across our NHS.