Wait­ing time woe

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Wait­ing times for pa­tients to see a psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pist have been branded as “truly shock­ing”.

Fig­ures re­leased by ISD Scot­land this week show only 69.7 per cent of Dum­fries and Gal­loway pa­tients re­ferred are ac­tu­ally see­ing a men­tal health ther­a­pist within 18 weeks – well be­low the gov­ern­ment’s tar­get of 90 per cent.

Shadow health min­is­ter Colin Smyth MSP be­lieves the wait­ing times are “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able”.

He said: “In a ru­ral area 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 is truly shock­ing.”

Men­tal health min­is­ter Mau­reen Watt said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work with NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway to en­sure the 90 per cent tar­get is hit.

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