Hume slams SNP over flagging mental health services

Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the Scottish Government over flagging performance against waiting times for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Figures published today showed that the number of patients seen within 26 weeks has fallen below the 90 percent target achieved in December 2013 to 86.2 percent in the quarter ending September 2014.

The number of patients waiting over six months from referral to treatment has increased to 13.8 percent, with the average waiting time now at eight months.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

“Everything is getting worse just as should be getting better. A month away from the treatment target being moved from 26 week to 18 weeks, patients are waiting longer for treatment. With a rising average waiting time of eight months from referral to treatment, the Scottish Government is failing our young people.

"Eight months is an unacceptable waiting time for a young person at such an important time in their lives. We wouldn't expect a child to limp on with a broken leg for that long, why should we allow a young person to continue with untreated mental ill health problems?

"These desperate figures require urgent action. The new Health Secretary must tell us what she is going to do to stop these critical waiting times from increasing further."


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