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PE01471: Young People's Hospital Wards


Petitioner: Rachael McCully MSYP on behalf of Scottish Youth Parliament


Date Lodged: 17 February 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to establish specific young people’s wards or rooms in hospitals for adolescents, and to ensure that staff receive adequate training to support young people’s mental and emotional needs in hospital.

Petition History:


1 March 2013: The Committee took evidence from Rachael McCully MSYP. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, NHS boards, Action for Sick Children Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing, the British Medical Association Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland. Link to Official Report 1 March 2013 (507KB pdf)

14 May 2013: The Committee agreed to write to NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Lothian, the Royal College of Nursing Scotland and those NHS boards that had not responded to date. Link to Official Report 14 May 2013 (503KB pdf)

3 September 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland and to seek responses from NHS Borders and NHS Lothian to the previous requests for information. Link to Official Report 3 September 2013 (587KB pdf)

12 November 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

28 January 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the responses received by the Committee demonstrate that Health Boards have suitable provision and services for young people, and that there is little support to extend the upper age limit for this provision to 25 years. Link to Official Report 28 January 2014 (550KB pdf)

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