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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07170: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been refused (a) cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and (b) other talking therapies or psychological treatments in each of the last five years because they did not take anti-depressant medication.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 2 March 2017

Any prescribing or referral for psychological therapies treatment is a clinical decision for a patient’s doctor in discussion with the patient and in terms of anti-depressants there is good evidence that GPs assess and treat depression appropriately. All GPs prescribing is monitored and discussed individually through annual appraisal. Audit of prescribing in mental health commonly occurs involving Health Board pharmacy departments. There is National annual reporting of prescribing patterns and trends which are carefully considered by Government and other agencies.

Data is published by Information Services Division on the number of people referred to psychological therapies and starting treatment each quarter, Psychological Therapies Waiting Times In NHSScotland, as well as on the level of prescribing for mental health published on an annual basis, Medicines used in Mental Health, which includes the level of prescribing for anti-depressants. These reports are available online at The Scottish Government has also published “Key Information on the use of Antidepressants in Scotland” which can be found online at: