Deadline missed for 740 children seeking mental health treatment in NHS Grampian – Rumbles

Only 56% of youngsters referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services under NHS Grampian in 2019 received treatment within 18 weeks, according to information provided by the Scottish Government to North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today.

According to information on NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division website, the number of children waiting over a year for treatment in NHS Grampian peaked at 67 in August 2019.  


Mr Rumbles said: “These figures are disgraceful. We are all too familiar with bad news about our health services in the North East but this is something else. 


“Children are only young once and the Scottish Government is depriving many youngsters from getting the treatment they need to have a healthy childhood. The health minister should hang her head in shame.


“The Scottish Liberal Democrats have been calling for real action on this issue for over three years and, rather than improving the situation, this incompetent SNP government is only making matters worse.”




Notes for editors:


  • Parliamentary Question -  11/03/20 - Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of children in the NHS Grampian area who were due to receive mental health treatment in 2019 were seen within the 18-week deadline. S5W-27698

Clare Haughey: In 2019 the number of CAMHS patients seen by NHS Grampian was 1,320. Of these 56.0 per cent were seen within 18 weeks of referral.


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