East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat candidate and Business Minister Jo Swinson 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, Jo 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 only 78.9 percent of patients were seen within the time.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to improve mental health services in Scotland, with one specialist CAMHS bed north of Dundee.
Commenting Jo 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.”
1. In December last year 250 young people had waited over a year for CAMHS treatment.
2. In December 2014, the CAMHS target treatment time was reduced to 18 weeks but only 78.9 percent of patients were seen within the time.
3. There is only one specialist CAMHS bed north of Dundee.
4. The Mental Welfare Commission has shown how 179 young people were admitted to non specialist CAMHS wards last year.
5. Last year only half of young people saw a child and adolescent specialist as they were admitted to hospital for mental ill health.