Responding to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations, which includes a warning about the need for “transformational change”, Scottish Liberal Democrat mental health spokesperson Emma Walker said:
“The taskforce has done an excellent job by highlighting the major challenges facing children and young people’s mental health services.
“Persistent long waiting lists are proof that the system isn’t working as it should. The government must make swift improvements.
“Health professionals should not have to plead for funding for children’s wellbeing. The Health Secretary must boost the mental health budget, invest more in mental health beds and embed a mental health professional in every GP and A&E in the country to speed up access to treatment.”