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S5W-21101: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, in the last 12 months, 846 appointments at the NHS Borders' child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) unit were recorded as "did not attend", and what action it is taking to promote the importance of attending.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 29 January 2019

Our 2018 Programme for Government has mental health at its very heart. It contains a package of measures to support positive mental health and prevent mental ill health, and is backed by £250 million of additional investment. There is a clear focus on children and young people’s mental health, and particularly on preventative approaches and early intervention. We want our young people to get the right help at the right time.

We expect Boards and their partners to be working with parents, guardians and other responsible adults to ensure that children and young people are able to access services, and reducing DNA is part of this work. We are aware that NHS Borders is putting in place new arrangements to ensure that appointments are confirmed, and for new patients and clients SMS text reminders are being sent out.