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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17643: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the use of body cameras in high-security hospitals such as Carstairs in Lanark to provide reliable evidence to support statements regarding incidents that involve vulnerable patients.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 3 August 2018

In Scotland, the only high-security hospital is The State Hospital in Carstairs, South Lanarkshire. The security arrangements in that hospital are the responsibility of the hospital itself and are decided upon in the context of ensuring staff and patient safety, and supporting effective incident reporting and investigation. The hospital is currently investigating the use of body cameras and their use and utility in similar environments in order to decide how such use may fit into supporting those aims.