More than 2,500 people wait over a year for mental health treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded new measures to end the mental health waiting times crisis, after new analysis showed thousands of adults and children waiting over 12 months for treatment.

ISD Scotland figures published today show:

  • 2,277 adults and 410 children waited, or are still waiting, over a year to start their treatment.
  • Just one health board met the 18-week waiting time target for adults, with performance as low as 52.8% in Forth Valley.
  • Performance against the 18-week waiting time target for children and young people was as low as 41.1% in Grampian.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“It is outrageous that well over 2,500 people have had to wait over a year for the mental health treatment they need. For children in particular, this must feel like a lifetime.

“This shouldn’t be happening two years after the Scottish Government’s mental health strategy. Staff are working around the clock but they still aren’t getting the support they need.

“This is a crisis and people have every right to demand better. Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to press for much more investment in mental health, specialist beds for young people north of Dundee and new practitioners in every single GP surgery and A&E department.”

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