Cole-Hamilton: NHS Lothian lagging behind on alcohol and drug treatment services

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent steps to support struggling substance misuse services, after new figures showed NHS Lothian breaching the waiting time target for alcohol and drug treatment.

The Scottish Government’s Local Delivery Plan standard for drug and alcohol treatment states that 90% of people needing help with drug or alcohol problems will wait no longer than three weeks for treatment.

NHS Lothian has consistently failed to meet this 90% target. During the quarter ending June 2019 just 79.4% of patients were treated within 3 weeks.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“NHS Lothian has consistently struggled to hit this important target.

"The Scottish Government must immediately commit to an above inflation expansion in support for these services, making up for their years of cuts.

“They should also adopt the Liberal Democrats’ 10-point plan to transform the way we approach alcohol and drug misuse and support health boards like NHS Lothian in achieving those goals."

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