Child and adolescent mental health waiting times in NHS Fife have worsened, despite the Scottish Government’s commitment to improve them a year ago.
The latest figures from ISD show that only 71% of patients across Fife are now being seen within 18 weeks, a decline since the previous quarter were 72.8% of children were seen within the 18 week target.
The statistics come exactly a year after the Scottish Government’s major commitment in the programme for government to improving mental health services for children and young people, specifically promising “speedier access to specialist care for those who need it.”
The Scottish Government standard states that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral to CAMHS.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’This is another disastrous set of mental health statistics from the SNP.
“Vulnerable children across Fife are waiting too long for access to vital treatment.
“The health secretary has already admitted that the SNP is doing too little too late to tackle child and adolescent mental health issues.
“Last year Nicola Sturgeon committed to improving mental health services for children but now more children are waiting longer, and more young people are tragically taking their own lives.
‘’These figures represent an incredibly worrying trend for young people in the region, and we should not forget that the 71 per cent of patients not seen within the target, is not only a number on a spreadsheet, but represents a vulnerable young person who is in need of support.’’