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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00785: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment in its news release of 12 January 2016, Mental health funding, that it would "improve capacity to see people more quickly...redesign local services to make them more efficient, effective and sustainable [and] improve workforce supply and train existing staff to deliver services for children and young people, as well as psychological therapies for all ages", what its response is to reports that some mental health services in NHS Tayside are facing closure.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 28 June 2016

The Scottish Government sets national direction of policy on mental health and provides funding to agencies – including NHS boards and local authorities – to support implementation of policy.

The management of local actions in implementing national policy, and decisions on local spending priorities are the responsibility of relevant local agencies. It is therefore the responsibility of NHS boards and local authorities to work with their partners and regularly review spending decisions to ensure they deliver fit for purpose services which respond to the needs of their local population.