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South Scotland MSP wants action over waiting times for Dumfries and Galloway young people to access mental health services

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A Dumfries-based politician is calling for a cut on the 18 weeks waiting time for young people to receive specialist treatment for mental health services in the region.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has demanded action on waits for CAMHS services across Dumfries and Galloway. The Scottish Government’s standard is of 90 per cent of young people to commence treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral.

According to recent figures, NHS Dumfries and Galloway saw 86.9 per cent treated within 18 weeks in October to December 2023, a fall from 100 per cent for the same period in 2022, and just missing the 90 per cent standard.

Mr Smyth said: “The drop figures in Dumfries and Galloway, from a 100 per cent of young people being seen within 18 weeks to 86.9 per cent, is deeply worrying. “While the amazing NHS staff in our area are doing all they can, we need action from the Scottish Government to address these waiting times and ensure they don’t get any worse. “We cannot have the young people of Dumfries and Galloway being failed and put in danger due to the inaction of the Scottish Government. “We are risking a lost generation of young people experiencing mental health issues.

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