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Mental health services in Lanarkshire 'inadequate' say politicians

Mental health services in Lanarkshire need to drastically improve say local politicians.

It follows the tragic case of David Timlin, 51, who walked in front of a train less than an hour after leaving ward 19 of Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.

He died six days later on Christmas Eve with his family now calling for answers as to why he was discharged from hospital.

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His case has led to questions over the provision of mental health services across the wider area.

Monica Lennon, Labour MSP for Central Scotland, said: "There are serious questions to be answered about the provision of mental health services in Lanarkshire, including at Hairmyres.

“People are urged to seek help, however, too often the help is inadequate and we have seen this end in tragedy time and time again.

“If the Scottish Government is serious about preventing avoidable deaths, it must agree to an urgent independent review of mental health services and start listening to people and their families about their experiences.”

Meanwhile, Tory counterpart, MSP Graham Simpson, said: "It is is a very upsetting case and David's family are clearly devastated.

"The health board should take their concerns seriously and they deserve answers.

"Too many people across Scotland are not getting the treatment they deserve

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