Mental health units in Scotland are struggling to cope

  • Figures have found that over 4,000 patients have been sent for treatment for their mental health issues outside of their health board area in the last five years. busy_hospital.jpg

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have obtained the figures and warn that mental health units across Scotland are struggling to cope with the demand, reports The Scots Man.

    The figures show that, in 2013-14, a total of 799 patients were discharged from a psychiatric hospital in a different area from where they live. This compares with 793 in 2012-13 and 855 the year before that.

    The Lib Dems have called for action to tackle the issue. The party’s health spokesman, Jim Hume MSP, said: “Whilst there will always be some patients who need to be sent to specialist clinics outside of their health board for treatment, it is clear that mental health units across the country are struggling to cope with demand on their services. In the past five years, over 4,000 patients have been sent outside of their health board for treatment. We know that sending patients out of area can isolate them from their support networks, including friends, families and their community care team. These figures are disappointing though, sadly, come as no surprise given that there is only one child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) bed for the whole north of Scotland. Waiting times for key mental health treatments for both adults and young people are still being missed. With mental health problems affecting one in four people in Scotland, it is clear that local health boards do not have the resources needed to cope with demand. Too many mental health care units are creaking at the seams. SNP ministers need to stop sitting on their hands and develop a plan of action.”

    A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Mental health services are an absolute priority of this government. People experiencing mental health problems are amongst some of the most vulnerable in our country and it’s vital that the health service is properly equipped to give them the support and treatment they need. We have been investing heavily for a number of years, and waiting times have come down significantly, despite a rise in the number of people seeking help. Scotland was the first country in the UK to have a mental health waiting times target – a sign of how importantly we view this issue. Treatment is delivered at the most appropriate facility where the best care can be provided, regardless of boundaries. There are good reasons for these patients, around 5 per cent of the total 78,000 people treated in the past five years, to travel beyond their local board area to another community to receive the specialist care they need.”

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

Related articles

  • Read More

    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...

  • Read More

    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...

  • Read More

    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...

  • Read More

    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...

  • Read More

    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...

  • Read More

    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...

  • Read More

    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...

  • Read More

    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...

  • Read More

    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...

  • Read More

    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...

Responding to the DWP Consultation:  Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "I found the event informative and timely it helped me to complete our response to DWP without which I would have struggled." S.S. - Safe House


Briefing Signup