Child mental health waits get worse despite an SNP commitment

Child and adolescent mental health waiting times in NHS Lanarkshire have worsened, despite the Scottish Government’s commitment to improve them a year ago.

The latest figures from ISD show that only 60.9% of patients in NHS Lanarkshire are now being seen within 18 weeks, a decline since the previous quarter where 76.6% of children were seen within 18 weeks.

The statistics come exactly a year after the Scottish Government’s major commitment in the programme for government to improving mental health services for children and young people, specifically promising “speedier access to specialist care for those who need it.”

The Scottish Government standard states that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral to CAMHS.

 

Graham Simpson MSP says:

“This is another disastrous set of mental health statistics from the SNP.

“Vulnerable children across NHS Lanarkshire are waiting too long for access to vital treatment.

“The health secretary has already admitted that the SNP is doing too little too late to tackle child and adolescent mental health issues.

“Last year Nicola Sturgeon committed to improving mental health services for children but now more children are waiting longer, and more young people are tragically taking their own lives.

“The repeated promises of the SNP are nothing more than hot air – the failure of the SNP to manage our health service is nothing less than catastrophic.”