Concern as More than a Fifth of Patients Seeking Mental Health Treatment Not Being Seen Within Target Period

More than one fifth of patients within the NHS Highland area who require mental health treatment are not being seen within the SNP Government’s 18 week target, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, published this month by NHS Scotland’s ISD service, show that between June 2017 and June 2018, 20.3% of patients who have been referred for treatment are not being seen within the 18-week target period.

The information was raised in the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron, who criticised the SNP Government over the “dire statistics”, and asked the Minister for Mental Health what could be done to improve waiting times in the Highlands and Islands.

Donald Cameron MSP said:

“Access to quality mental health services is absolutely vital, and in many cases time is of the essence especially in remote and rural parts of Scotland.

The fact that more than a fifth of people who have been referred for mental health treatment in the NHS Highland area are not being seen within the target period is deeply worrying.

The SNP Government urgently needs to sort out this crisis in mental health support sooner rather than later”.