Hume backs mental health funding call

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP today repeated his calls for additional funding and support of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across Scotland.

It comes after the Scottish Children Services Coalition launched a campaign calling on the Scottish Government to allocate the £25m consequentials to CAMHS services  in Scotland following a commitment made by Nick Clegg to the NHS in England.

Commenting on the support given by the SCSC to his calls, Mr Hume said:

“Child and adolescent mental health services have been put on the sidelines by the Scottish Government. Young people in Scotland need decent access to CAMHS services and their families will be pleased to see that the SCSC has backed our call for the SNP to take action.  

“The SNP in the Scottish Government has taken its eye off the ball to focus on its independence referendum and as a result the provision of key health services has suffered. I hope people across Scotland will back this campaign. This will send a strong message that the provision of mental health services can no longer be seen as a Cinderella service."

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