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Hume presses SNP to boost mental health care

May 19, 2015 3:45 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have used a Scottish Government debate to press ministers to improve access to mental health services.

During a debate on Allied Health Professionals in parliament today, Mr Hume said the role of these individuals must be central to the treatment and prevention of mental ill health.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Hume said:

"Enabling more people to live independently while having conditions such as dementia has far reaching benefits for individuals and for society.

"As we move towards the integration of health and social care, allied health professionals will find that their roles may carry even greater responsibility.

"SNP ministers must listen to the existing concerns of these professionals as they look to expand care in the community. In particular, much more has to be done to radically improve access to and the provision of mental health services.

"90,000 people in Scotland are estimated to suffer from dementia and this is set to double in the next 25 years. This stark fact shows why the Scottish Government ministers must take clear steps now to close any gaps in the provision of mental health care."