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(UK) Manchester children wait average of 5.2 weeks for mental health asessments

Dec 26, 2018, Bolton News: Five week wait for child mental health in Bolton https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/17318184.five-week-wait-for-child-mental-health-in-bolton/# Children in Bolton are waiting an average of 5.22 weeks to see a health professional after they have been referred to the mental health services. In neighbouring Bury they are waiting 6.05 weeks. Health leaders and politicians in Greater Manchester are determined to shine a light on mental health and wellbeing and have allocated £80 million [$100M US dollars] to do so. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “The mental health of our young people is one of the most urgent health challenges we face.” … Stockport has the longest waiting time with 8.8 weeks and Rochdale the shortest with 4.15 weeks. Greater Manchester is the first area in the country to start collating and publishing publicly waiting times data for children and young people’s mental health services. … Health bosses have acknowledged the biggest barrier to achieving their goals is having the right staff and enough of them. … Dr Sandeep Ranote, a consultant psychiatrist with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The biggest challenge is workforce and having a trained and accredited workforce.” The Manchester health partnership wants to get at least 150 more clinicians for children and young people by 2021. …