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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05412: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what maternal mental health targets it has, and which NHS boards are meeting these.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 22 December 2016

Scotland was first nation to introduce a waiting time target for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) services in the world, and was the first country in the UK to introduce a waiting time target for psychological therapies - this is an indication of how seriously we take this issue. All people in Scotland are included in these targets, so that would include maternal mental health. We expect that health boards and health and social care partnerships will deliver mental health care and treatment, this includes maternal mental health, in a person-centred manner to meet each individual’s needs.

In its Perinatal Themed Visit report in 2016, the Mental Welfare Commission made 13 recommendations to improve the recognition and treatment of perinatal mental health issues. One of these, to establish a national Managed Clinical Network, was for the Scottish Government, which we have agreed to. We will therefore fund the introduction of a Managed Clinical Network (MCN) to improve the recognition and treatment of mental health problems in the perinatal period.