Health and social care services for mentally disordered offenders in Scotland are to be overhauled.

The initiative could mean health boards setting up their own secure psychiatric units under proposals put forward in a strategy document last week by Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith. New forensic services would fill a gap between existing local provision and Scotland's only high security facility, the State Hospital, Carstairs. But Mr Galbraith said he was 'not looking for scaled down versions of other models'.

The document was welcomed by Dr Jim Dyer, director of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, but he said a 'grand plan' was no use without money.

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