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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01174: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that 50 people have died by suicide in hospital in the last four years.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 July 2016

Every suicide is a tragedy that has a far reaching impact on family, friends and the community long after a person has died.

The Scottish Government expects NHS boards to provide care to the highest standards of quality and safety whatever the setting, with the person at the centre of all decisions.

Suicides are thoroughly investigated in Scotland. The Scottish Government works closely with its partners, including Healthcare Improvement Scotland, to support the NHS in learning from any deaths by suicide and so inform continuing improvements in patient safety.