Apology over damning report into mental health services

NHS Tayside was told it needed to deliver a 'radical transformational redesign of mental health services'.

The mental health minister has apologised to patients after an independent review into mental health services in NHS Tayside.

The report, which made 51 different recommendations, was published following a review by former chief inspector of prisons Dr David Strang on February 5.

It revealed patients who talked about suicide reported being told to “get a grip” and “pull yourself together” by staff.

The health board needs a strategy to deliver a “radical transformational redesign of mental health services”, it found.

Making a statement at Holyrood, mental health minister Clare Haughey said: “Far too many people have been let down and while it’s not enough on its own, I would like to offer my apology on behalf of the Scottish Government for what they have endured.

“Many Tayside patients, their family and friends, including those who have lost loved ones, will have found the report challenging.

“Their bravery, courage and candour was vital in shaping this report.”

The minister told MSPs Dr Strang has committed to conducting a “progress update” into the mental health services at NHS Tayside, which will be published in February next year.