Posted By: Amy Tubb
18th May 2021
2 minute read
The Scottish parliamentary elections on 6 May saw the highest turnout in its history, with 66% of the population casting their vote. The Scottish National Party has been handed a fresh five-year term in government at Holyrood, their fourth in a row.
We hope to continue our work with Clare Haughey MSP, pending Cabinet decisions.
At the next Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Programme Board meeting on Thursday 27 May, the Scottish Government Policy Team will present monitoring information collected from regional health boards as part of the 2020-21 funding process. This is the first time health boards will provide data on how they have spent the Scottish Government’s £52 million investment into perinatal mental health (PMH) so far.
This will inform the next stage of the Everyone’s Business campaign in Scotland.
Nine out of the 14 health boards in Scotland do not have a specialist PMH service, and out of those that do only one has a comprehensive service. This funding investment needs to have a transformative effect to bring every health board up to the National Clinical guidelines.
Watch this space for more information.
The MMHA will continue to push for appropriate funding for specialist PMH care for new and expectant mothers, their babies, and families. It is vital that PMH support is available to all women across Scotland, especially considering the additional mental health challenges caused by the pandemic.
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