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 Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

Mr Briggs raises some important issues. We need to ensure that NHS Tayside and its partners listen to those who use the service and to the staff who provide the service, as well as to the trade unions and professional bodies. NHS Tayside and its partners have made a commitment to do so, and I will be scrutinising the work that they do in that regard to ensure that they deliver what they have said that they will deliver. We will work closely with all of the organisations that are involved in that.

I am heartened to hear about the on-going work that is being done with organisations such as the alliance to ensure that all service reviews in NHS Tayside and its partners will be advised by service users and their carers, and that they will have a voice in the development of those plans.

With regard to the benchmarking beyond 2021, I cannot commit Dr David Strang to that. To provide a measure of assurance to the people who have participated in this inquiry—I again sincerely thank them for doing so—I have asked him to independently scrutinise what has been done after a year. I am aware that people would be concerned if there was no such scrutiny. I am happy to engage in discussions on how we can continue to ensure that NHS Tayside and its partners deliver high quality healthcare from 2021 onwards.