MSP calls for urgent local action on drug treatment

Forth Valley has 21% of the Scottish total for those who have waited over six months for treatment

Commenting on the latest Drug Treatment Waiting Times figures, Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has highlighted poor performance and worrying trends in the Forth Valley statistics.

“The  figures show that people with a drug addiction are still waiting much too long for treatment,” she said.

It can take time for a drug user to seek help, and when they do, their willingness to seek help should be built on by giving this help as quickly as possible. When a patient admitted to hospital with an acute medical problem due to a drug addiction, doctors should be able to send that patient to get the help they need straight away.

“Forth Valley is not the worst for initial appointments, with 72% being offered an assessment date within 14 days of referral, compared to 67% across Scotland. That said, Forth Valley’s figure is down on the 86% achieved in previous quarterly figures; and there are now several people who have waited over six months without even being offered an assessment date.

Data taken from Statistical Publication Notice 24 June 2008 – Drug Treatment Information Framework Report January to March 2008


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