Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson commends NHS Dumfries and Galloway for hitting child mental health targets

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has written to NHS Dumfries and Galloway commending them for successfully hitting child mental health waiting time targets.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who is in the process of setting up a Stewartry Mental Health Forum, wrote to Chief Executive Jeff Ace to acknowledge the hard work of mental health staff across the region.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway were one of only four health boards in Scotland to surpass the 90% target of children requiring mental health treatment to be seen within 18 weeks.

In December 2018, the month which statistics are most recently available, 97.6% of children were seen within the target timeframe.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The fact that almost every child who required mental health treatment was seen within the target timeframe is testament to the hardworking NHS staff in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Mental health, particularly among our young people is one of the most challenging aspects for our health service, which is why I have been bringing together different stakeholders to help drive forward plans for a mental health forum in the Stewartry.

“I do believe that 18 weeks is far too long to wait for an appointment and anything that can be done to reduce that waiting time whilst improving access to available support must be welcomed.

“It is absolutely vital that our most vulnerable youngsters are seen as soon as possible.

“There remains many resource challenges facing our rural health service, and I will continue to support measures to ensure NHS Dumfries and Galloway have the resources to support vulnerable youngsters across the region.”