Concern over referral times

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has described as “unacceptable” the situation facing young people needing to access mental health services in the NHS Tayside area.

The Scottish Government set a target for the NHS in Scotland to deliver a maximum wait of 26 weeks from a patient’s referral to treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from March 2013, reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014. The target should be delivered for at least 90 per cent of patients.

Figures covering the quarter up to the end of March 2015 show that NHS Tayside is not meeting either of these targets, with 34.7 per cent of patients being seen within 18 weeks and 37.3 per cent getting treatment within 26 weeks of being referred.

Mr Dey said: “I, along with my colleague Mike Weir MP, have already raised concerns with NHS Tayside and sought detail on the measures being taken to address the unacceptable situation facing young people requiring such services.

“With the statistics today revealing that there is a median wait of 49 weeks from referral to treatment, it is vital that effective action is taken to ensure that NHS Tayside treats all of those who require good quality healthcare in a timely manner.”