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S5W-20613: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in response to the recent Mental Welfare Commission report, which shows a rising number of young people with mental illness are being treated in non-specialist wards, from 66 admissions in 2016-17 to 90 admissions in 2017-18.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 20 December 2018

We welcome the publication of this annual report from the Mental Welfare Commission. The report’s findings are always of great help to our work to improve services for children and young people.

We agree with the report’s recommendations to improve the efficiency of bed use, and the provision of intensive psychiatric care. Action 19 of the Mental Health Strategy commits to developing a protocol for admissions to non-specialist wards which is currently being finalised. The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce will also consider pathways into specialist services for young people as part of our work under Action 20 of the Mental Health Strategy.

Additionally, a new national secure child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient facility will be built by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, with an intended opening date of late 2020.