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Support for Mental Health Patients Oral Question, 29/04/15[S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 29 April 2015 Mary Scanlon (Con) asked the Scottish Government what is being done to ensure early diagnosis and appropriate on-going support for mental health patients.

The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn replied that the national health service boards and their partners work together to ensure that all those who need access to mental health services can access them quickly and efficiently, in line with their statutory duties under Scottish Government policy. We are making progress in delivering the commitments in the national mental health, dementia and suicide prevention strategies, which support early diagnosis and fast access to treatment, for example by setting waiting time targets for psychological therapies in child and adolescent mental health services and improving post-diagnosis support for people with dementia.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April 2015