North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today called on the Scottish Government to reopen NHS Tayside’s failed consultation on the closure of a vital mental health unit at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus.
Mr Rumbles criticised the local Health Board for holding a consultation on the Mulberry Unit, earlier this year, when it had already decided its fate and after it failed to take on board the majority of respondents views.
57% of respondents to the consultation opposed the unit moving to a single site at Carseview in Ninewells. The final decision on the Mulberry Unit is due to be taken by the Health Board in a month’s time.
Mr Rumbles said: “Tayside Health Board’s handling of the consultation on the Mulberry Unit has been nothing short of disgraceful. There is absolutely no point in asking for the views of local people if the decision has already been taken behind closed doors.
“Progress on mental health in Scotland has been glacial and cutting back services is certainly not the best way to proceed. We need more local mental health workers, closer to the communities they serve, not fewer.”
Notes for editors:
- Mike Rumbles MSP’s Written Question to the Scottish Government (12/12/17): To ask the Scottish Government, in light of criticisms that a consultation held by NHS Tayside into local mental health services did not take into account the majority of views submitted, if it has considered requesting the consultation be re-opened.