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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00788: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether there are plans to close the Mulberry Unit at Stracathro Hospital.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 June 2016

It is for NHS boards and health & social care partnerships to plan and provide services that meet the needs of local people, whilst being consistent with national policies and frameworks established by the Scottish Government.

Over the last two years, NHS Tayside has been reviewing its existing clinical models of care, including its mental health services. The priorities for this exercise has been patient safety and improving quality of care. It is important to recognise that, in relation to mental health, NHS Tayside’s review process is ongoing and that no decision has been made about the future shape of the service.

Since 1 April 2016, the lead role for the planning of mental health services has been devolved to the Tayside integrated joint boards (IJBs), with the in-patient element being hosted in Tayside by Perth and Kinross IJB. The board is committed to working with the IJBs in taking forward the next steps in identifying a sustainable long-term model for mental health services across Tayside, with public engagement being a key aspect in finding the right solution.