More needs to be done to sup­port men­tal health ser­vices

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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