Labour: Men­tal health de­lays are in­tol­er­a­ble

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By An­drew Picken apicken@SUnDaYpOST.cOM

More than 14,000 young peo­ple have waited longer than the 18-week tar­get for men­tal health treat­ment since Ni­cola Stur­geon be­came First Min­is­ter, anal­y­sis shows. In the same pe­riod, more than 1,000 young peo­ple have waited more than a year for treat­ment. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment brought in the 18-week tar­get for re­fer­ral to treat­ment from Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vices (CAMHS) in De­cem­ber, 2014, a month af­ter Ms Stur­geon was ap­pointed to the top job. The anal­y­sis shows that, since her ap­point­ment, 14,345 chil­dren and young peo­ple have waited longer than 18 weeks for men­tal health treat­ment and 1,185 have waited more than ayear. The Labour anal­y­sis of NHS Scot­land sta­tis­tics fol­lows a report from the Au­di­tor Gen­eral and Ac­counts Com­mis­sion calling for a “step change” in men­tal health ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple. Scot­tish Labour health spokesman Anas Sar­war said: “More and more young peo­ple are com­ing for­ward to seek treat­ment for their men­tal health prob­lems as the stigma sur­round­ing the topic di­min­ishes in our so­ci­ety. “Sadly, thou­sands of th­ese brave young peo­ple who have sought help have had to en­dure in­tol­er­a­ble waits for treat­ment.” Men­tal health min­is­ter Clare Haughey said that £100m was be­ing tar­geted by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment on im­prov­ing sup­port for young peo­ple.

Clare Haughey

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