Headlining on BBC Scotland today:
It’s one case in NHS Borders, with a Conservative MP, MSP and council, but promoted to headline after being fed to BBC Scotland by Alex Cole-Hamilton as a platform for another attack on the Health Secretary.
ACH is allowed this:
Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “It is shocking to learn that children and young people are waiting three years to be seen for the mental health treatment they need. This must feel like a lifetime.
“These figures should weight heavy on the shoulders of the health secretary because they show that the current system simply isn’t working.”
He added: “For years, this SNP government has told us about their commitment to mental health but there is very little evidence that this is anything other than bluster.
“Staff are doing their best but there is nowhere near enough resources or early interventions.”
Mr Cole-Hamilton has pushed for a mental health first aider to be available at all phases of education, as well as counsellors available to pupils in all schools.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-63689463
On the 2nd November , BBC York & North Yorkshire reported:
Children accessing mental health services in York face delays, lost paperwork and inconvenient appointments, according to a report.
Healthwatch York said services were failing to “meet the needs” of parents and children.
According to figures in the Healthwatch report, there were 1,925 children in contact with CAMHS by the end of May 2020, and that figure rose to 2,765 by June 2022.
The report said the system needs better administrative processes, and improved training for teachers and those involved in the initial referral of a child to CAMHS.
It also stated there was a “heavy reliance on self-advocacy or parental advocacy” to ensure a child accessed the care they needed.
“The current process fails to meet the needs of parents and children; for example appointments being given during school drop-off and pick-up times,” it said.
The report included comments from parents about accessing services, with one telling the authors their paperwork had been lost which the parent warned was a “serious breach of data regulations”.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-63482679
Only Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust is accused. It excuses itself with:
Children’s mental health services across the country have been under a lot of pressure because of the pandemic and there are times we cannot see people as soon as we would like.
No politicians, local or national are contacted. The current PM is one of the local MPs. The Health Secretary is not blamed. No opposition MP accuses the Conservative Government of anything.
In August BBC UK had Camhs deaths expose child mental health unit pressures.
Pressures? Oh OK, we understand. Again no politician accuses or is accused.
It tried BBC Wales, but they seem to have no such delays there to report. Believe that if you will.
What clearer evidence of BBC Scotland bias is there?