Responding to the news that 186 mental health staff have been recruited, of the 800 the Scottish Government committed to hiring in March 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat mental health spokesperson Emma Walker said:
“Nobody should be waiting two years for mental health treatment. However, at the rate the Scottish Government is going, long waits are set to continue for the foreseeable future.
“Only a fraction of the 944 GP practices can now draw on more mental health support. Scottish Liberal Democrats want every single practice to have a new mental health practitioner, easing the strain on GPs and improving treatment times.
“Years after prison officers were promised more help in the form of new mental health workers there are just 6 extra staff across Scotland’s 15 prisons. Meantime, both the population and self-harm rates have soared so prisons are actually in a much worse position.
“The Scottish Government needs to pick up the pace.”