Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Dean Lockhart has called it a scandal that so many children and young people are waiting to begin mental health treatment across Stirling .
Mr Lockhart recently called out the SNP Government for their repeated failure to tackle worsening A&E waiting times. He is now doing the same for the failure to address chronic delays in young people getting the treatment they need and demanding SNP Ministers finally take action to get a grip on the mental health crisis among young people, which has only been exacerbated during the Covid crisis.
The SNP Government targets say that 90 per cent of young people requiring mental health treatment should be seen within 18 weeks. However, in the Forth Valley Health Board area according to the latest official figures nearly a half have not been and have waited beyond 18 weeks to begin treatment.
Pressure from the Scottish Conservatives finally ensured the SNP committed to spending ten per cent of the health budget on mental health services.
Commenting, Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“There is a growing mental health crisis among our young people across Stirling with so many not being seen for months.
''The SNP Government have repeatedly pledged action, but it is clear they are still nowhere near to getting on top of this challenge. It is a scandal that so many of our vulnerable young people are waiting so long to begin vital mental health treatment.''
''This is a problem that pre-dates the pandemic but has been made worse by the Covid crisis. I will be continuing to push for some action to support NHS staff and charities to increase capacity and ensure our young people get the early treatment desperately needed.''