More needs to be done to support mental health services
Rutherglen’s Conservative candidate says more needs to be done to support mental health services in the area.
Taylor Muir said the SNP government had“let down young people”on the issue.
Latest Scottish Government figures reveal only 76 per cent of children and young people are being treated for mental health problems within 18 weeks, 14 per cent below government targets.
Mr Muir said some children and young people are having to wait more than six months to receive treatment from specialist child and adolescent mental health services.
He added:“Adequate resources should have been put in place long before now as NHS Lanarkshire is one of the health boards which haven’t been able to meet the target.
“This is leaving local young people in a vulnerable position.
“Children and adolescents suffering from mental health problems and their parents deserve better from the Scottish Government.
“Instead of handing out free prescriptions to everyone – even the wealthiest in our society - because they think it’s a vote winner, the SNP need to be prioritising key frontline services and ensure that our young people are given the diagnosis they need as well as appropriate treatment for mental health issues.”