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Mental Health Services in Tayside (Independent Inquiry)

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

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I thank Monica Lennon for her questions—there were several questions, and I apologise if I do not answer them all. I will be happy to come back to her with more detail if what I say does not satisfy the questions.

I welcome her statement welcoming NHS Tayside’s and its partners’ acceptance of the report. There should be no resistance to change or to acceptance of the recommendations of the independent inquiry, and I am assured by the reassurances that I have had from the Tayside collaborative strategic leadership group that it accepts them and wants to work together to change and ensure that there is quality and safety and that people feel reassured about accessing those services.

One reason why I set up the quality and safety board, which includes members from the royal colleges, NHS chief executives, COSLA, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, was to ensure that we have an overview of mental health services across Scotland and that we can look at areas where we perhaps need to improve, and also at areas of best practice and how we can spread that across the country.

I assure Ms Lennon that I will certainly not be taking my eye off the ball in relation to quality and safety across mental health services in Scotland.