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But I guess the bottom line is that the answer is ‘yes’ without the kind of mental health prevention, protection and treatment that we all need in our lives, ‘yes people will be put at risk.’

The Royal College of a Psychiatrists say that the 10% vacancy rate is putting patients at risk. No hard evidence is offered but Reporting Scotland Down don’t need that kind of thing nor do they need any contextual information. It’s not as if they have editorial guidelines, a royal charter or describe themselves as a public service provider, is it?

They just wheeled Dr Morris out again and she said just what they wanted.

Neither Dr Morris nor RSD mentioned the fact that psychology waiting times continue to be met for 78% of patients, 88% of elderly patients, despite soaring demand:

Click to access 2019-03-05-WT-PsychTherapies-Summary.pdf

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-12-04/2018-12-04-WT-PsychTherapies-Summary.pdf?46130007506

They didn’t tell us that staffing across all three professional groups in Psychology Services continues to climb steadily, 40% under the SNP, to meet the ever-increasing demand. Now psychiatrists cost far more than psychologists or mental health nurses. Is the Royal College of Psychiatrists merely fighting a turf war against other groups threatening their status, power, special pay and conditions?

Click to access 2019-03-05-Psychology-Workforce-Summary.pdf

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In June 2018, Dr Morris was pulled out and I think duped by the RSD ambulance chasers. Six times in the morning, once at 1.30pm, once at 6.30pm and again at 10.30pm we heard from ‘top psychiatrist’, Dr Jane Morris:

‘I feel very guilty. I feel we should be able to offer our patients the best that is available. And very often it’s just an accident of the clinicians you have and the training they bring with them.’

The quote was linked only loosely to BBC Scotland’s own ‘research’ into how long under-19s with an eating disorder waited between referral and treatment. Unable to get a response from many health boards, BBC Scotland were happy to have Dr Morris conclude that the service was patchy and to make some fairly limited comparisons with England:

‘In England there is a four-week target for teenagers with eating disorders, although it is not always met.’ (Special euphemism award?)

Though the Scottish government said teenagers with eating disorders were being seen within its 18-week target (unlike NHS England), this did not seem to satisfy Morris nor the BBC.

As for the comparison with England, I won’t waste my time on this but, as you might expect, all is not well there. See

Eating disorder sufferers waiting six months for treatment after seeing GP

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/eating-disorder-sufferers-waiting-six-months-for-treatment-after-seeing-gp-a8055226.html

‘New figures show UK eating disorders are at a crisis point’ https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/beauty/fitness-wellbeing/a17616964/eating-disorders-surge-uk-figures/

Children with eating disorders waiting months for help, first official figures show 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/11/children-eating-disorders-waiting-months-help-first-official/