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Mental Health – the regional failures for our children

Following hard on the heels of a highly critical report on Mental Health from the Auditor General’s office, it’s clear that our children are now missing out on Mental Health care, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

“Nationally 2658 children aged under 12 years had to wait more than three weeks to be seen by mental health services.

“Figures from the Ministry of Health show that last year waiting times for non-urgent cases at District Health Boards for children deteriorated from the previous year.

“The worst preforming DHBs are Canterbury, West Coast, Hutt, Capital and Coast and Nelson-Marlborough.

“These figures show that after nine years National is completely out of ideas. We need a fresh approach to make sure our children get the care they deserve. We need a review of Mental Health and we need to implement Labour’s primary mental health teams,” says David Clark.