Mental Health Services in Tayside (Independent Inquiry)

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

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Photo of Miles Briggs Miles Briggs Conservative

I thank the minister for advance sight of the statement.

The report of the independent inquiry into mental health services in Tayside is a shocking indictment of mental health services failing some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and it reveals a culture in NHS Tayside that has resulted in staff who are demoralised and are not supported in providing the care and services that people desperately need. Families will, therefore, welcome the public apology that the minister has given today. However, the most important thing is for us now to see real change. How will the recommendations to restore trust be benchmarked beyond 2021 in Dr Strang’s work, which the minister has outlined today?

In other parts of Scotland, similar concerns are being expressed about pressures in mental health services and about overworked and demoralised NHS staff, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned that services are facing a workforce crisis. Therefore, what steps will ministers take, following this inquiry, to guarantee that we do not see a repeat of these failings across other boards? Will the quality and safety board outline any of those problems when they are highlighted, so that we see early intervention with regard to the reporting of staff and patient concerns?