Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Public Accounts Committee

Mental Health Services - Financial Statements 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Matt CarthyMatt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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I thank the witnesses for being here this morning. If I noted it correctly, Mr. Reid has described the situation that occurred in south Kerry CAMHS as a complete failure across multiple areas in terms of oversight, governance, clinical management, duty of care and other areas. That is a very frank and honest assessment of what happened. I wish to probe precisely how it happened and what was done to address it at appropriate times.

As I understand it, the issues of concern were first raised in 2018. Could Mr. Reid state precisely when this was brought to the attention of the HSE? Who was the highest in the management chain in terms of those who were informed at that point, and at subsequent points, regarding the concerns about the diagnoses and treatments in south Kerry CAMHS?