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S5W-12755: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to provide secure inpatient psychiatric care for (a) children and (b) children with autism.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 November 2017

On point (a) -

Plans are underway to build a secure adolescent inpatient unit in Scotland. This will benefit the small number of young people who require this specialist level of care and who cannot be treated in the community.

We recognise that there are a small number of young people who require specialist secure care, and we are persuaded that there is a need to build an inpatient facility for the whole of Scotland. This is being taken forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

On point (b) -

I refer the member to the answer to S5W-12754 on 21 November 2017. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at