Mental health patients wait 'years' for treatment

Patients are being asked to wait several years for some dilettante mental health treatment, total performed by BBC Wales have shown.

While many patients with strident and ongoing problems get diagnosis within weeks, some areas have stream watchful times of adult to 50 months.

The British Medical Association in Wales called a delays “unacceptable”.

Welsh Labour, until recently in assign of a NHS in Wales, pronounced mental health spending went adult by £3m final year.

The longest check was within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, where patients can wait for adult to 50 months to see a clinical psychologist.

A house mouthpiece put this down to “long-term illness issues” and pronounced it was “currently seeking to designate some-more staff”.

  • In north Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board patients can wait adult to 26 months, though high-risk patients are seen “immediately” as a priority
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board pronounced nothing of a patients should wait longer than 9 months for GP-based counselling, while 73% of 1,000 people recently referred had waited reduction than half a year. The area’s dire prominence hospital has watchful lists of over a year, though new staff have been recently appointed
  • Cwm Taf University Health Board has 11 patients watchful some-more than 26 weeks though it could not contend what a longest wait was
  • At Hywel Dda University Health Board, stream waits are between 54 weeks for cognitive behavioural psychotherapy and 119 weeks for psychodynamic therapy
  • Powys Teaching Health Board pronounced a total were not immediately available
  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board did not yield figures

More investment

British Medical Association in Wales mouthpiece Charlotte Jones said: “It’s unacceptable. It’s not right for a patients of Wales. We need to see some-more investment – we need to see a loyal joining to solution this once and for all.

“We continue to prominence it as a problem in ubiquitous practice, though delegate services are also impressed with demand.

“We are articulate a lot some-more money, though it’s worthwhile.”

Mental health gift Gofal pronounced it was undone that notwithstanding investment, watchful times were still too prolonged in many areas.

It wants some-more counselling sustenance and improved information monitoring.

In England, diagnosis and watchful times information is collected quarterly from mental health use providers though many Welsh health play primarily pronounced this information was not available.

The Liberal Democrats pronounced it was time mental health was treated “as severely as earthy health”.

A orator added: “We would deliver a core set of mental health data, and would work with mental health experts to deliver new watchful time standards for mental health, including for entrance to psychological therapies.”

A UKIP orator pronounced their celebration would boost health caring spending with £100m saved “elsewhere from a Welsh budget” and would exercise an 18-day mention aim for cognitive behavioural therapy.

Plaid Cymru pronounced it would boost appropriation by 2% – or £68m – a year until 2020/21, and a stream bad standards of information meant “increased investment in a mental health won’t be as effective as patients deserve”.

A orator for a Conservatives pronounced a celebration would emanate a new 28-day aim for entrance to articulate therapies, and boost spending on mental health.

But Labour confirmed it had done poignant improvements to mental health caring in Wales, including a introduction final Oct of a 28 day-treatment aim for 80% of mental health patients.

“The infancy of diagnosis following puncture and obligatory referrals will start immediately following assessment,” a orator said.

“The National Psychological Therapies Management Committee movement devise includes a aim time for diagnosis in delegate caring of 26 weeks – a same as for diagnosis for earthy conditions.”

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