Mental health ‘should be a top priority,’ say Argyll and Bute candidates

Mental health issues must be a higher priority in the next Scottish Parliament, according to Argyll and Bute's election candidates.
Mental health issues must be a higher priority in the next Scottish Parliament, according to Argyll and Bute's election candidates.

Argyll and Bute’s Holyrood election candidates all say spending on mental health services must be given a much higher priority in the new Scottish Parliament.

Donald Cameron (Conservative), Alan Reid (Liberal Democrat), Michael Russell (SNP) and Mick Rice (Labour) were speaking at this week’s Rothesay hustings, organised by The Buteman, ahead of the May 5 poll.

Asked to identify the areas in which NHS spending in Scotland should concentrate for the next five years, Mr Russell identified mental health services and provision for rural GPs.

Mr Reid agreed with the prioritisation of mental health services, and warned of a “looming crisis” in GP services across the country, while Mr Cameron said mental health was “a serious topic, and it requires serious investment”.

Mr Rice added: “We need to say we’re going to use our new tax-raising powers to ensure the NHS is properly funded.”