Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate
Mental Health Services
I thank the Minister of State for his reply but unfortunately it does not offer much solace for the people who are suffering and their family members. To add to what Deputy Ferris said, the clinical work-time equivalent in the Cork and Kerry CHO area is lacking by 75%. How can anything be done when three quarters of it is missing? More worryingly, 656 children is too many. The Government has failed people within the mental health service, including patients, family members and staff. It has been a disaster. I was disappointed in the AV room last week when the Minister and HSE indicated what they were doing for mental health services. The first thing they mentioned was 75 CAMHS teams.