Waiting time woe
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.