Too many falling through gaps in mental health provision

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has warned that too many people are falling through the gaps in Scotland’s mental health care provision.

Figures published today showed that the number of inpatient psychiatric beds has continued to decline, heaping more pressure on struggling community services. As admissions fall, more patients are facing longer waits to access talking therapies or treatment at CAMHS services.

Mr Hume said:

"It's hard to take heart from the fall in admissions to mental health hospitals when we know more people are waiting longer for access to psychological therapies. This is only part of the problem caused by the reduction in psychiatric beds by a third since 2005.

“It’s shameful for the Scottish Government to claim progress for an issue that deals with people's mental wellbeing which has not been resolved but just displaced.

"We need an honest debate about provision in Scotland if we are to provide the best services to the 1 in 4 people who suffer from mental ill health. This must be a central part of the SNP's mental health strategy."

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