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 Monica Lennon Monica Lennon Labour

I thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. Scottish Labour welcomes the Government’s apology to the families for what they have endured. We are pleased that NHS Tayside and its partners have accepted the Strang recommendations in full. Any resistance to positive change must be left in the past.

The minister set out her expectations around implementation, but can she give a guarantee that the action plan that she has instructed will meet the 51 recommendations in full? What action will the Government take if progress is too slow or is not comprehensive?

The minister said that we must work to ensure that the concerns that were raised in Tayside are not being experienced elsewhere. I know constituents in Lanarkshire who are working with some of the families in Tayside because of their common experiences. They include Karen McKeown, who met the minister following her partner’s death by suicide. What guarantee can the minister give people across Scotland that they will not have to fight as hard as the families in Tayside for whole-system changes to be made in their areas?