Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles, has attacked the SNP’s terrible record on mental health in the North East following the publication of the latest CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) waiting time figures.
Figures published today by the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland showed that only 34.5% of Children and Adolescents starting treatment between April and July had been seen within 18 weeks of referral.
Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:
“With the Mental Health Minister hailing from Aberdeen, it is particularly disappointing that NHS Grampian is not being given the resources it needs to meet CAMHS waiting times targets. This oversight in the Ministers own back yard is completely unacceptable.
"Intolerable waits for mental health treatment are the price people are paying for the SNP's inaction. Mental Health waiting times are an issue right across Scotland but the North East is falling way behind. The buck stops with the Minister and the Scottish Government and our children should not suffer in mental ill health for their failings.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently told the SNP Government that more must be done, a step change in mental health is required. Mental health services need to be better resourced, with a focus on training new staff to deliver treatment in GP practices and A&E."
Notes to editors
The ISD Scotland statistics can be found at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/index.asp#1925.