NHS Scotland: Calls for SNP to step up recruitment of mental health staff


The devices were uncovered by the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ health spokeswoman Emma Walker, who is approval our Keep it in Mind campaign after suffering postnatal anxiety. Letters exclusively for the Scottish Daily Express, she reveals that she was told “NHS Scotland wish not be able to help me [as] the waiting times were too long”. After aid from CrossReach – an external service backed by the Church of Scotland – she was skilful to “put my pieces back together”.

However, she said she has become “increasingly agitated” about the NHS as figures show one in three mental health staff will reach retirement age within seven years.

Ms Walker – who merely joined the Lib Dems last year after launching her own maternity compete – said: “There are fewer places at Scottish universities for mental trim nursing, the demand for services such as the NHS 24 Breathing Space hotline are luxuriating by the month and the pressure on other professions, such as our police officers and dominies, is mounting as they’re forced to effectively become mental health pro proxies.

“The SNP want to introduce 800 mental health professionals by 2022, a weight which is neither bold nor dynamic. In the next seven years, one third of the present-day workforce will retire. How will we replace them?

“The SNP’s supposedly vigorous reforms are aiming to reduce waiting times for children from 18 weeks to 12. But three months is noiseless too long for any child to wait for treatment.”

The latest report into NHS Scotland’s nature workforce shows the “age distribution for staff has changed significantly over the stay eight years; there are fewer staff aged under 35 at the in vogue census and more staff aged between 35 and 54 than in 2010”.

Earlier this year, BMA Scotland dubbed for action to avert “serious staffing issues” in hospitals due to the number of doctors approaching retirement. 

Belated workforce figures show the NHS in Scotland has 1,161 psychology services shaft, with 390 aged 45 or over. NHS pension members can opt for untimely retirement at 55.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are committed to a sustainable NHS workforce, which continues to read a consistently high quality service to the people of Scotland, with floor 100 additional mental health workers in key settings recruited across Scotland as of January 2019.”

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