MP’s concern at treatment for mental health patients


East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has warned that mental health units across the country are struggling to cope as figures show hundreds of patients are being sent outside their health board each year to receive treatment.

Last year across Glasgow, 89 patients (an increase on the year before) were sent to other health boards as the demand on local services was too high.

In Scotland spending on mental health services has increased by £12million in the past three years. However, in this period, over 1,500 patients have been sent for treatment to other health boards – including in England. Key targets for treatment times on mental health have also been missed and Jo now wants the SNP Government to ensure they have the best resources for mental health care provision in Scotland.

Jo said:

“Whilst there will always be times when patients need to be sent to specialist clinics outside of their health board for treatment, it is clear that mental health units across the country are struggling to cope with demands. Local services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are feeling the pressure as only one health board - NHS Borders - has sent more patients elsewhere for treatment.

“With mental health problems affecting one in four people in Scotland, SNP ministers must take this issue seriously and can start by ensuring patients are being treated in their own settings.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The full details can be found below or online at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2p35DKah9eccU5WQ1FvT1NOd1E/view?usp=sharing
  2. The Scottish Government’s target is that at least 90% of people waiting for Psychological Therapies should start treatment within 18 weeks is due for delivery from December 2014.
  3. Initial estimates from data at this stage of development in November 2014 indicated that around 81% of people were seen within 18 weeks.
  4. The Scottish Government’s 26 week target for CAMHS was due for delivery from March 2013, reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014. The target should be delivered for at least 90% of patients. During the quarter ending September 2014, 86.2% of people were seen within 26 weeks and 78% of people were seen within 18 weeks.
  5. Across Scotland there are three regional CAMHS units in Scotland which provide inpatient facilities for a total of 42 children. From Mid 2015 a further six beds will be available in Dudhope house. There are also a further nine beds for under 12s provided on a national basis at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
  6. Whilst the Scottish Government says it has placed an emphasis on more patients being treated within home settings, CAMHS waiting times for treatment continue to increase.
  7. The figures below show the numbers of patients treated outside the health board. This could be elsewhere in Scotland or in England.

 

1. The number of individuals sent to a different NHS board for treatment for mental ill health in 2011/12; 2012/13 and 2013/14.

 

Patients treated outside health board

 

Health Board

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

5

10

7

 

NHS Borders

148

164

292

 

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

5

4

3

 

NHS Fife

19

17

16

 

NHS Forth Valley

3

3

3

 

NHS Grampian

41

56

58

 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

209

84

89

 

NHS Highland

Response not received in time for inclusion

 

NHS Lanarkshire

Not held

Not held

Not held

 

NHS Lothian

Not held

Not held

Not held

 

NHS Orkney

30

28

24

 

NHS Shetland

34

45

47

 

NHS Tayside

33*

39*

36*

*some figures were given as <5. Where this is the case we have used 5.

NHS Western Isles

8

11

11

 

Total

535

461

586

 

 



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