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Motion to address acute mental health service concerns at Highland Council

7th September 2017

The Highland Council has unanimously agreed a motion to hold a meeting to discuss concerns regarding the future of acute mental health services in the Highlands.

The motion which was signed by Councillor Richard Laird, Councillor Muriel Cockburn and Councillor Maxine Smith states:"Highland Mental Health Services - The Highland Council notes with concern recent restrictions on admissions to New Craigs Hospital following “extreme staffing pressures" and further notes concerning feedback at the provision of emergency psychiatric services in the Highlands.

“The Council agrees that the Leader invites representatives of NHS Highland, mental health support groups, Highland User Group (HUG) and interested Members to meet to discuss the future of these vital mental health services.”
The Leader of the Highland Council added: “The provision of adequate mental health services in the Highlands is of the utmost importance. Community based mental health services are very good, but there is a need for more accessible services in GP surgeries and appropriate workforce planning to meet future needs in both community and acute service provision.”

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