MENTAL health waiting times are getting worse and there aren't enough support workers, a county GP said.

Speaking at a BBC radio debate hosted at Old Town café The Core, Dr Celia Grimmett described waiting times as "awkward".

The Tidworth GP added: "That's a nice way of saying 'pretty grim'.

"It's not because Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is sitting around doing nothing. I don't think that for a moment.

"I just think it's because we don't have enough of them [mental health workers]."

Lucy Baker of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group acknowledged the challenges: "I think there's no doubt there's more mental health need out there."

Matthew Page of AWP pointed to a nationwide shortage of nurses, with struggles to recruit in Wiltshire, and said there were things the trust could do better: "I'm not going to sit here and say I don't want anymore resources. I'll take anything that Lucy can throw at me."