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Mental Health Written Answer, 17/06/15 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Jim Hume's (LD) question asking the Scottish Government in light of reports that at least 5,044 primary aged children have been referred for mental health treatment since 2012, whether it will review the number of inpatient mental health care facilities.

The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn, replied that the adolescent inpatient estate is managed on a regional basis. NHS boards are responsible for ensuring that there is adequate inpatient care for their local population. NHS Directors of Planning monitor the situation on an on going basis. NHS boards are also developing models of intensive treatment in the community that can avoid the need to admit a child or young person to hospital, or shorten the length of stay if an admission is necessary. We continue to monitor the need for further development with NHS boards.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 17 June 2015 which is available form the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 17 June 2015