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Lib Dem NHS plans will boost mental health services for young people

April 18, 2015 12:50 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson will set out how Liberal Democrat plans to boost NHS funds will bring mental health services for young people out of the shadows.

Speaking on the campaign trail in East Dunbartonshire today, Ms Swinson warned that unless services are improved we risk seeing a lost generation of young people.

Recent figures showed that in 2014, 250 young people in Scotland waited over a year for CAMHS treatment. In December 2014, the CAMHS target treatment time was reduced to 18 weeks but that was missed for more than one in five patients.

Scottish Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to improve mental health services in Scotland, highlighting that there is only one specialist CAMHS bed north of Dundee.

Jo Swinson said:

"Scottish Liberal Democrats will boost Scotland's NHS by £800m. This would enable us to bring mental health services for young people out of the shadows.

"It is a failure to our young people that over 250 faced waits of over a year for treatment at CAMHS services across Scotland. Waiting twelve months is too long for anyone, but for a young person it will feel like a lifetime.

"But our health boards can't make things better without the funds to do so. The SNP in the Scottish Government has taken its eye off the ball and as a result, mental health services have suffered.

"Our plans would enable more young people to get the urgent treatment they need. It would give them the opportunity they need to get on in life. This is a Liberal Democrat plan because it builds a stronger economy and a fairer society."