Concerns have been raised after it was revealed that waiting times for Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (sCAMHS) in the Cardiff and Vale Health Board shows that waiting times for initial appointments are the worst in Wales for a 7th consecutive month.
Cardiff Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Rhys Taylor.
The data released shows that in April 83.3 per cent of new referrals were not seen within the four week target time. This is the tenth month in a row where over 70 per cent of referrals were not seen in the target time.
During the same period, the neighbouring Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan health boards only had 25 per cent and 27.7 per cent of referrals waiting over the four-week target time respectively.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have said serious questions need to be answered by the Welsh Government as to why waiting times in Cardiff and the Vale seem to be exponentially higher than other health boards in Wales.
Commenting, Leader of Cardiff Liberal Democrats Cllr Rhys Taylor said:
“These statistics are appalling, we cannot go month on month with over 70 per cent of sCAMHS referrals not being seen within target times.
“There is no doubt in my mind these problems are not being caused by the incredibly hard-working practitioners at the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, who are having to deal with huge workloads with limited resources.
“Right now young people in Cardiff and the Vale are being let down and people are falling through the cracks. If a child had a broken leg we would not wait over four weeks to treat it, why should it be acceptable for a child experiencing a mental health crisis in Cardiff and the Vale to wait so long?
“Labour must do better when it comes to ensuring our young can access mental health services when they need them. The Welsh Government now needs to outline why Cardiff and Vale Health Board is performing so much worse than other health boards in Wales when it comes to sCAMHS waiting times and then put in place the support it needs to begin to resolve the issue.”