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Question reference: S6W-16650

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 3 April 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 27 April 2023


To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 1,000 additional dedicated roles committed to support community mental health resilience in its 2021-22 Programme for Government it has funded to date, broken down by NHS board.


As a result of the difficult decisions which had to be taken through the Emergency Budget review, recruitment of the 1,000 additional roles to support community mental health resilience, ensuring every GP Practice has access to a mental health and wellbeing service has not yet commenced. We have already prioritised significant investment to build mental health capacity in primary care through Action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 and the Primary Care Improvement Fund.

We remain committed to improving mental health service provision in primary care settings. We are therefore working closely with stakeholders, including the Mental Health in Primary Care National Oversight Group, to develop plans to best use the resource available across the system in 2023-24, and in future years to improve support, assessment and treatment in primary care settings.