Mental health treatment target a concern

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Northeast MSP, Alison McInnes, has said its “appalling” that only 35 per cent of young people requiring mental health services are treated by NHS Tayside within the 18-week target set by the Scottish Government.

Mrs McInnes raised the worrying new CAMHS statistics with the Minister for Health Improvement, Jamie Hepburn MSP. The Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government has asked NHS Tayside, and NHS Grampian, to prepare a “detailed recovery plan” by the start of next month.

Mrs McInnes said: “It is clear that young people in Tayside are waiting far longer than anyone else in the country for their mental health treatment to begin.

“In the first three months of this year only 35 per cent of young people started to receive the mental health treatment they desperately need within 18 weeks. This is down from just 52 per cent at the end of last year.

She added: “Ministers may have recently reduced the treatment target from 26 weeks to 18 weeks but what difference does this make if hundreds of young people in Tayside are in reality waiting more than a year for their treatment to begin?”