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Rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards

December 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the CAMHS budget to be boosted and for new mental health beds to be provided north of Dundee as a new report showed a rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards.

A new report from the Mental Welfare Commission published today states that 103 admissions were recorded nationally, involving 90 young people under the age of 18. This compares with 71 admissions involving 66 young people in the previous year. Almost all of these admissions were to adult wards, with five admissions to general paediatric wards.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"Far too many children and young people are waiting over a year for the treatment they need and in some areas just one in three children are treated on time.

"Liberal Democrats demand better. It is time the Scottish Government adopted in full our plan to end the scandal of long waits and long journeys for treatment.

"The CAMHS budget must be boosted, mental health beds need to be established north of Dundee and every GP surgery and A&E in the country should have a mental health practitioner capable of treating people. That is the level of investment and ambition required if the government is to stop failing a generation of young people."