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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23125: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to implement each of the proposals set out in the paper, Review of the arrangements for investigating the deaths of patients being treated for mental disorder.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 22 May 2019

The Ministerial review report sets out a series of detailed actions which the Scottish Government has committed to. These will make important changes to the way we investigate and learn from deaths of people being treated for mental disorder. Planning for implementation of these actions is already underway and an implementation oversight group will shortly be established to monitor progress on these actions. The membership of this group will have equal representation from carers and families.

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland will take forward the work to develop and implement the new system to investigate the deaths of all patients, who at the time of death, were subject to an order under mental health or criminal procedure legislation. The Commission plans to recruit additional staff to support this work. This work will include direct engagement with staff and people with lived experience.