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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13334: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many asylum seekers accessed antenatal classes in each of the last three years.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 December 2017

This information is not held centrally.

The Scottish Government have worked with NHS Boards to improve early access to antenatal services and have created a Local Delivery Plan Standard to help drive improvement. The standard states that at least 80% of pregnant women in each deprivation area will have booked for antenatal care by the 12th week of pregnancy.

Information Services Division (ISD), part of NHS National Services Scotland, published The Births in Scottish Hospitals report on 28 November. This report showed that the Antenatal Access standard had been met at a Scottish level across all deprivation categories.

Scotland’s approach to integration aims to provide a positive experience for refugees and asylum seekers and enable them to rebuild their lives here, through access to the support and services they need, including health care services.