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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05411: Cole-Hamilton, Alex (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many mothers have been separated from their babies in the course of receiving mental health treatment in each year since 2011.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 22 December 2016

The Mental Welfare Commission report “Perinatal Themed Visit Report – Keeping Mothers and Babies in Mind” published 29 June 2016 contains a survey of all 43 Scottish General adult acute wards, 11 IPCUs and both mother and baby units from July to September 2015. 16 out of 44 mothers admitted during the survey did not receive care with their baby in one of the specialist mother and baby units. Data on how many mothers have been separated from babies in the course of receiving mental health treatment is not routinely collected in Scotland.