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Young people at risk of missing out on crucial mental health support

May 27, 2014 5:09 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP today Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPwarned Ministers that young people suffering mental ill health are at risk of missing out on crucial support at the time they need it after the release of new figures showing waiting time targets have been missed.

Official figures show that nearly 10% of young people referred for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Scotland were not seen within a 26-week target introduced in March 2013 in the 3 months to March 2014.

In Ayrshire and Arran, just 68% of children and young people were seen within the 26 week target. In Tayside, 3 in 10 had to wait more than 26 weeks and in Lothian 20% of patients were seen outside the treatment target.

Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

"More than a year after the 26-week treatment target came into force, far too many vulnerable children and young people across Scotland are still having to wait far too long to receive crucial mental health support.

"Mental ill health has been the poor relation of our health service for too long. Our NHS staff do fantastic work, but they need the support of Ministers if we are to ensure that vulnerable young people get the help they need at the time they need it."