Date lodged: 23 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has undertaken a review into the appropriateness of perinatal mental health services and, if so, what the outcome was.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 5 December 2016
The Scottish Government has not undertaken a review into the appropriateness of perinatal mental health services. However, we have taken note of recent reports by the NSPCC (“Getting It Right”, published in April 2015) and the Mental Welfare Commission (“Perinatal Themed Visit Report: Keeping Mothers and Babies In Mind”, published in June 2016). Both of these reports examine perinatal mental health services in Scotland. We are thinking carefully about the best way to improve perinatal mental health services in Scotland, and will lay out more details on how we propose to do that in the forthcoming 10-year Mental Health Strategy, including funding a managed clinical network.