North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today revealed shocking figures that some patients in NHS Grampian have waited years for psychological therapy treatment. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a step change in how we treat mental health in Scotland.
New statistics acquired by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through freedom of information has shown Grampian health board has the longest recorded case in Scotland of an adult waiting over 1589 days (4.3 years) since 2015/16.
The longest waiting times for subsequent years include:
- 455 days in 2016/17
- 601 days in 2017/18
- 603 days on current waiting lists
Following the publication of the figures, Mr Rumbles said: “It is disappointing but not surprising that NHS Grampian, the worst funded board in Scotland, has some of the longest mental health waiting times in the country.
“Waiting times across Scotland are appalling. This is evidence that we need a complete overhaul of the way we treat patients suffering from mental health issues.
“Grampian health board in particular is struggling to keep its head above water because of nine years of underfunding from the Scottish Government, totalling £165.3 million.
“The Scottish Government has said that it is serious about treating mental health but these figures show that, after more than a decade in power, the SNP have done nothing more than pay lip service to the issue.”
Notes to editors:
- The full spreadsheet is available here.
- Scottish Liberal Democrats asked each health board:
o What was the longest (number of days) any adult who started treatment for psychological therapies in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18 waited to begin their treatment following a referral.
o What is the longest (number of days) any adult currently waiting to start treatment for psychological therapies has been waiting to begin their treatment following a referral.