3,186 people wait over a year for mental health treatment


Scottish Liberal Democrats today demanded extra measures to end the mental health waiting times crisis after new analysis showed 500 more adults and children waiting over 12 months for treatment.

ISD Scotland figures published today show:

  • 2,643 adults and 543 children waited, or are still waiting, over a year to start their treatment.
  • Performance against the 18-week waiting time target for children and young people was as low as 40% in NHS Borders.

The previous statistics, published in March, showed 2,687 adults and children waiting over a year.

Mental health spokesperson Emma Walker commented:

“It is shameful that these statistics show well over 3,000 people have had to wait over a year for the mental health treatment they need – up 500 on the statistics published in March.

“For young people in particular, waiting over a year for help must feel like a lifetime.

“This shouldn’t be happening more than two years after the Scottish Government’s mental health strategy was published. Staff are working incredibly hard but they still aren’t getting the support they need.

“Patients and staff have every right to demand better. Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to press for much more investment in mental health, the creation of specialist beds for young people north of Dundee as well as new practitioners in every single GP surgery and A&E department to tackle the waiting times crisis.”


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