Responding to the news that just 64.5% of children and young people are being seen within 18 weeks for mental health treatment, the worst performance ever recorded, with 806 children and young people waiting over a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"Just last week the government denied there was a mental health crisis. Today, the length of time children and young people are waiting for treatment is the worst on record. Performance has plummeted.
"The SNP Government is failing a generation of young people and the consequences of their waiting up to two years for treatment are heartbreaking. Problems that start small are becoming crises as help arrives too late.
"Staff are working around the clock but they aren’t getting anywhere close to the support and resources they need. They were promised an integrated workforce plan by the Health Secretary but it's a year late.
"Liberal Democrats will end the SNP's independence obsession and instead build a brighter future, with extra funding to transform mental health services and treat them with the same urgency as physical health. We will end the waiting times scandal by seriously expanding the workforce, providing a new mental health practitioner in every GP practice and new 24 hour a day services in A&E."