Only 41.1% of children referred to NHS Grampian and 49.5% referred to NHS Tayside for mental health issues received treatment within 18 weeks, according to the latest figures published today by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division.
Only the Scottish Borders had a similarly poor result for Q4 of 2018 on 44.3%, with the Scottish average for CAMHS treatment within the target deadline at 72.8% for the same period.
North East Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “Even a single child suffering from mental health issues being forced to wait over four months for treatment is appalling. Conditions here in the North East are even worse than elsewhere, with more than half of children not seen within the Scottish Government’s own 18 week target.
“We only get one chance to bring-up our children. Making young people wait months and months for treatment, after being referred by a medical professional, could have a lasting and damaging impact on the rest of their lives.
“The situation across Scotland is totally unacceptable, and matters are even more shocking in the North East where our health boards have been massively underfunded after a decade of SNP administration.
“Children and their parents deserve better from our government in Edinburgh. We need far more investment in mental health treatment, more spaces available for young patients and specialists available to every doctors surgery and A&E.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the full ISD data sheets here