Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
I am not sure of the specific report to which the Deputy referred. I have said that on 25 January, the clinical directors of all the CAMHS teams nationally and the chief executives of the community healthcare organisations, CHOs, will convene at my invitation at the Department of Health. They will review the operation of CAMHS and examine several initiatives on which we have worked during the year to make it more efficient. The issue is not funding, as I have noted before. There are disparities in the list throughout the country where some CAMHS teams are working very effectively and others are not. We are trying to get to the bottom of the anomalies.
The Deputy referred to recruitment. One initiative, which the Deputy's party is not very supportive of, is telehealth which offers a way of providing access to medicine which is used across the world. I am eager to bring that to Ireland in the coming year so that teenagers who require assistance can access the necessary healthcare.