Men­tal health wait­ing list ‘ truly shock­ing’

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

Men­tal health pa­tients are be­ing failed by an over­worked sys­tem, new fig­ures have shown.

Just 76 per cent are be­ing seen by a psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pist within 18 weeks across Ayr­shire and Ar­ran. The tar­get is 90 per cent. South of Scot­land MSP, Colin Smyth, said the “un­ac­cept­able” wait­ing times must be ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to ISD Scot­land, 1939 peo­ple were on the wait­ing list to be seen as at June 30.

Smyth, the shadow health min­is­ter, said: “The lat­est wait­ing time fig­ures for peo­ple to get sup­port are com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“Again and again peo­ple are call­ing for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to take men­tal health is­sues se­ri­ously, yet wait­ing times con­tinue to grow.

“In Ayr­shire and Ar­ran we need to en­sure ser­vices are avail­able to peo­ple who need them wher­ever they live in the re­gion.

“Hav­ing to wait over 18 weeks to just be sim­ply seen by a psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pist truly shock­ing.

“A large part of our area is ru­ral and ac­cess to health care is cru­cial.

“Just imag­ine reach­ing out and say­ing you have men­tal health is­sues, ask­ing for help and be­ing told you have to wait 18 weeks just to be seen.”

Stephen Brown, in­terim di­rec­tor of the North Ayr­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: “We would like to apol­o­gise to any­one who has had to wait longer than this.

“The term ‘ psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pies’ ‘ cov­ers a wide range of dif­fer­ent ser­vices, some of which are meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the tar­get.

“These in­clude med­i­cal pae­di­atrics psy­chol­ogy, com­mu­nity eating dis­or­ders, Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vices ( CAMHS), learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and clin­i­cal health psy­chol­ogy.

“That does not de­tract, how­ever, from those ar­eas of ser­vice where im­prove­ment is re­quired.

“Out­side of spe­cial­ist psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices, the Pri­mary Care Men­tal Health teams are also fac­ing in­creased de­mand from those with mild- to- moder­ate men­tal health prob­lems, which has led to in­creased wait­ing times.”

Anger MSP Colin Smyth

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