Responding to a new evaluation by the Mental Welfare Commission showing patients at Carstairs hospital are being impacted by low staffing levels and stretched resources as a result of emergency budget measures taken earlier this year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
"This report makes clear that dramatic cuts to staffing and resources are not the way to go.
"The Carstairs facility is constantly dealing with complex patient needs. In such circumstances hardworking staff cannot do their jobs if they are short handed.
"Patients and staff are being badly let down by this SNP Government's handling of this facility."