The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for parity between the treatment of mental and physical ill health to be enshrined in law.
The call comes after Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Jim Hume MSP, led a mental health summit in parliament which brought together medical professionals, NHS management, charities and campaigners to discuss the serious challenges facing mental health services in Scotland.
Mr Hume has today published the key discussions of the meeting, setting out a plan for next steps. He said:
“I am grateful to the medical professionals, charities and campaigners for their valuable contribution to my mental health summit.
“This report sets out the substantial challenges facing mental health services in Scotland.
“One in five young people face waits of more than four months to be seen. Many are being treated in inappropriate care settings.
“We’ve heard of cases in some units where dementia patients had not been outside for at least one month.”
Katy Gordon, Lead List Candidate for West Scotland, added:
“The SNP government's record on mental health is just not good enough, and it's time for it to be taken as seriously as physical health.
“All too often, patients have to be sent for mental health treatment outside of their local board, forcing them to suffer long waiting times and isolation from friends and family.
“We urgently need to see a plan of action from SNP Ministers, to ensure that people have mental health treatment where and when they need it.”