Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Committee On Health

General Scheme of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2021: Department of Health

Mr. Seamus Hempenstall:

I understand the question. To give a short answer, we do not have a specific plan yet because we are at an early stage in the drafting of the legislation. We have to wait for it to be passed.

We have a very good relationship with the commission. It has the resources it needs to conduct the current programme of inspections. I would not envisage that we would have a situation where we would give the Mental Health Commission a series of responsibilities without taking into account the funding and resources it would need. I would rather not tempt fate and say this is what we plan to do and when we plan to do it.


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