Speaking after the announcement of the new mental health strategy, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Let’s not forget that this strategy is more than 450 days late. SNP ministers let the old strategy rot. Waiting times have worsened and children in particular have paid the price, with many going for over a year without the treatment they need.
“Putting staff in GP surgeries, A&E, prisons and with the police is the right thing to. Liberal Democrats first made the case for such a package. But how will 800 staff cover all these locations when there are more than 900 GP surgeries alone?
“The SNP haven’t matched their rhetoric with funding here and elsewhere in the strategy. Mental health services have been under resourced for years and nothing in this announcement indicates that will change. They are still a long way short.
“Without transformational investment, this SNP Government won’t deliver the step change required in mental health and will continue to let down those that need support the most.”