At first sight, that’s bad news. More young folk being referred does worry but what if they’re still getting treated as quickly?
The number of children being referred for mental health care in Scotland has risen by 22% since last year. In that quarter, 73.2% were seen within 18 weeks – a slight increase from 72.7% during the same period last year.
So, a ‘massive’ 22% increase yet still ‘slightly’ more in percentage terms being seen within the target? Isn’t that a very good news story? Shouldn’t the headline be:
‘Despite massive increase in referrals NHS Scotland continues to treat more than 70% within the target time’