Cole-Hamilton: Government “has fingers in its ears” over CAMHS waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded new figures showing worsening waiting times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) the result of “a government with its fingers in its ears”.

New figures from ISD Scotland show that in the quarter to June 30, just 69.7% of patients were seen within 18 weeks, down from 73.6% in the previous quarter. In the space of a year, the number of children waiting over 12 months for treatment increased from 52 to 151.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“As the SNP all but confirm that they will dedicate the next twelve months to constitutional wrangling, it breaks my heart to think of the hundreds of young people facing excruciating long waits for mental health support.

“When you have a government with its fingers in its ears, there is no wonder that waiting time performance is on the slide.

“The SNP have taken the most basic steps towards tackling this crisis but they are not showing the ambition or the vision to really make a difference. No one should have to wait over a year for mental health care.

“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, alongside as new practitioners in every single GP surgery and A&E department to tackle the waiting times crisis.”

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