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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13238: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for mental health and psychological therapy patients in NHS Grampian, in light of these being some of the longest in the country.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 January 2018

The Scottish Government has invested significantly to develop the mental health services and increase staffing numbers in post. We have announced an additional £150 million for mental health services over next five years to help to bring down waiting times and deliver sustainable improvement to services. This includes a £54 million comprehensive package of support to improve access to mental health services for adults and children, which will provide funding for additional staff, for workforce development and for in-depth improvement support to local services.

In this second year of these five years funding has been awarded to Boards across Scotland to build capacity within mental health services, including an allocation of £675,602 for NHS Grampian and a further £6.1 m has been awarded through NHS Education Scotland across Scotland to provide each Board an individual, tailored offer of funding and workforce development.

Through this substantial funding award we will be able to extend capacity, improve access to services and promote innovation and new ways of treating children and young people with mental health conditions as well as psychological therapies for all ages.