Child and adolescent mental health waiting times up, Plaid Cymru reveals

Waiting lists worsen despite government drive to improve them

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has challenged the First Minister on the number of children and young people waiting too long for access to mental health services.

Leanne Wood said that over the last year, waiting lists for mental health services had increased with one in five children made to wait more than sixteen weeks for their first appointment.

Leanne Wood said that the matter was one of the biggest challenges facing Wales and also fitted into a wider pattern of the government changing targets when it fails to meet them in order to avoid scrutiny.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

“Last year the First Minister said that the government was focusing its efforts to reduce waiting times. However, over the last year, waiting times for CAMHS have deteriorated.

“Back in March, 87% of children and adolescents were waiting less than a month for an appointment. Now that is down to 45%.

“Back in March, no children or adolescents were waiting longer than 16 weeks for that first appointment, now almost 1 in 5 children are. This does not sound like the result of driving waiting times down.

“Plaid Cymru wants to see this service improved, and for children and young people to get decent access to the services they need.”

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