5 February 2020

The Independent Inquiry’s final report, published today (Wednesday) has laid bare the dismal state of mental health services at NHS Tayside.

The report sets out clearly the systemic failures that have plagued mental health services such as failings in leadership and a breakdown of trust and respect between the staff, the board and those it is there to serve, with devastating impacts on patients.

The report states that “ there is a history of managers blaming clinicians and clinicians blaming managers” and that “ NHS Tayside has adopted a defensive position, giving the impression of wanting to protect its reputation at all costs” to the detriment of patients.

It has long been noted that there have been systemic failings in NHS Tayside’s mental health services and this report lays out no less than 51 recommendations it believes are needed to turn the service around.

Commenting on the report Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“ This report has laid bare the dire state of mental health services at NHS Tayside and revealed that the health board has not only failed to act on the issues highlighted by the interim report, but has dug it’s heels in and refused to change.

“The failings that this report has brought to light are systemic and demand a root and branch culture change.

“Scottish Labour implores the NHS Tayside and the Health Secretary to act decisively to ensure lessons are learned and recommendations are implemented and followed through.

“Families, patients and campaigners have been badly let down by the state of mental health services at NHS Tayside.

“It is high time that the Cabinet Secretary for Health makes sure the health board do right by the families and patients affected by urgently acting on all of the lessons contained in this report.”
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