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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17766: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to ensure the provision of emotional support for people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in Scotland.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 2 August 2018

Clinical evidence about the long-term health consequences of polycystic ovary syndrome is clear that psychological issues, including depression and anxiety, should be considered in all women with the condition, and that where necessary, appropriate counselling and intervention should be offered by a qualified professional.

At a national level, Scottish Government ensures the provision of support for people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety through NHS 24, Breathing Space and NHS Living Life. Other local provision of support for specific conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome is the responsibility of the relevant NHS Board. The Scottish Government is clear that all NHS Boards must ensure that their services are planned so that patients have swift and safe access to the full range of services they need.