Mike Rumbles North East Liberal Democrat MSP has condemned the latest figures on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The Information Services Division (ISD) figures published today show that 67.8% of people have been seen within the 18-week target between April-June across Scotland. For NHS Grampian the figure is 48.1% and for NHS Tayside it is 34.4%.
Commenting Mike Rumbles said: “It is unacceptable that those who need treatment the most are left to wait beyond the target of 18-weeks. The mental health of young people is important for all of our futures.
“I praise the outstanding work of those working hard at NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside. However, NHS Tayside and Grampian are still left behind. It is time the Government looked at the impact this underfunding has caused and fund our health boards as patients deserve.
“By the Scottish Government’s own figures NHS Grampian has been underfunded by a total of £165.6 million, over the past ten years. It is now clear that some of the most vulnerable in our society are now suffering at the hands of the SNP Government and the North East remains at the back of the queue for funding.”
Notes to Editors
- The ISD statistics can be found at: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Mental-Health/Publications/2018-09-04/2018-09-04-CAMHS-Report.pdf
- 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.