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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04067: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, what progress it is making toward establishing a managed clinical network for perinatal mental health.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 8 November 2016

The Scottish Government accepts and welcomes the Mental Welfare Commission’s report, published on 8 September and its recommendation to establish a managed clinical network (MCN) for perinatal mental health. An application to establish a new MCN was last month unsuccessful at the National Specialist Services Committee of NHS National Services Scotland.

The Scottish Government remains fully committed to improving early intervention and maternal and infant mental health. We are therefore pursuing alternative routes to establishing the MCN in line with the Mental Welfare Commission’s recommendation.