Only half of youngsters waiting for mental health treatment in NHS Grampian seen within 18 weeks


Figures published by NHS Scotland’s Information Service Division today, show that only 51.2% of children waiting for mental health treatment under NHS Grampian in the quarter to the end of June 2019 were seen within the deadline.

Treatment waiting times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for NHS Grampian, within the 18 week deadline, are the worst of any health board in Scotland and well below the Scottish average of 69.7%.

 

The number of children being seen within the deadline slumped to an annual low of 34% in August 2018 and 36% in November 2018. To date, 154 children and adolescents are still waiting for treatment despite having waited over 18 weeks, with 7 patients having waited over 35 weeks to be seen.

 

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “It is absolutely appalling that half of our young people waiting urgently for mental health treatment under NHS Grampian are being forced to wait more than 4 months to be seen.

 

“What this shows is that the Scottish Government still do not take mental health treatment seriously and they would rather have hundreds of children go without treatment than properly fund our local health care services.

 

“NHS Grampian is the worst funded health board in Scotland and it is no surprise that it also has the worst waiting times for mental health treatment for children. While ministers close their eyes to the problems in NHS Grampian it is the patients and hardworking staff that are made to suffer.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • The full set of CAMHS figures published by ISD Scotland on 03/09/19 can be found here
  • Data provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe):

NHS Grampian allocation compared with NRAC target allocation

 

Actual allocation £m

NRAC target allocation £m

Distance from parity £m

2009-10

          660.7

          685.2

-24.5

2010-11

          678.5

          705.2

-26.7

2011-12

          691.1

          725.6

-34.5

2012-13

          711.7

          745.4

-33.7

2013-14

          743.8

          776.6

-32.8

2014-15

          773.3

          808.0

-34.7

2015-16

          827.3

          844.3

-17.0

2016-17 (a)

          847.4

          859.7

-12.3

2017-18 (a)

          853.0

          861.0

-8.0

2018-19 (a)

          871.2

          878.6

-7.4

2019-20 (a)

          908.5

          916.2

-7.7

·         allocations for 2016-17 to 2018-19 are revised to remove funding streams that are

·         not allocated on an NRAC basis

The total distance from parity over the whole period shown is £239.2m.


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