Responding to the news that 106 new mental health staff have been recruited, of the 800 the Scottish Government committed to hiring between 2017 and 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Scottish Liberal Democrats secured the commitment to introduce hundreds of new mental health staff but the Scottish Government needs to pick up the pace.
“They can’t come soon enough. Mental health treatment time targets have been missed for years on end. Hundreds of children are still waiting over a year for the help they need. We need these new staff need to be part of a new mental health rapid reaction force.
“The Government must also finally set out how these new staff will be shared between A&E, GPs, the police and prisons. If the Government fail to see the bigger picture, the risk is that all of this is conducted in a piecemeal fashion that fails to deliver on the support that was promised.”
Notes to editors
The 2016 Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto set out plans to:
“Train more mental health professionals and co-locate them with GPs, the police, at A&E and in prisons”
Action 15 of the Scottish Government’s 2017 Mental Health Strategy committed to:
Increase the workforce to give access to dedicated mental health professionals to all A&Es, all GP practices, every police station custody suite, and to our prisons.