Today Mike Rumbles North East Liberal Democrat MSP condemned the Scottish Government’s underfunding of North East health boards. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CHAMS) treatment figures released today show that after nine years of underfunding NHS Grampian mental health treatment targets for young people are far from being met.
The Information Services Division (ISD) figures revealed that at NHS Grampian the 18 week waiting time target was met for just 39.1% of children. In NHS Tayside it was just 41.5%.
The two health boards are the worst in the country. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde achieved 97.3%.
Commenting Mike Rumbles said: “Last month I revealed that since 2009-10 NHS Grampian has been underfunded by a total of £165.6 million. Some of the most vulnerable in our society are now suffering at the hands of the SNP Government’s underfunding.
“It is unacceptable that those who need treatment the most are left to wait beyond the target of 18-weeks. Young people’s mental health is important for all of our futures.
“I praise the outstanding work of those working at NHS Grampian. However, it is time the Government looked at the impact this underfunding has caused and fund our health boards properly.”
Notes to Editors
- The ISD statistics can be found at: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-03-06/2018-03-06-CAMHS-Report.pdf?33379763365
- The Scottish Government has set a standard for the NHS in Scotland to deliver a maximum wait of 18 weeks from a patient’s referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services from December 2014.