Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Covid-19, Mental Health and Older People: Statements


10:20 am

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

To return to the issue of eating disorders, will the Minister of State commit to examining the use of surge capacity in private mental healthcare on an interim basis while the Department is getting its ducks in a row in respect of all the other services that are coming down the road? That would be really welcome. Mothers and fathers have told me they are watching their adult children die in front of them. If something could be done, it would be fantastic.

On the crisis de-escalation service, I attended a meeting of the Sub-Committee on Mental Health last week. A member of the Garda Síochána has stated that a pilot scheme of the service is to be introduced in Limerick soon. I do not want to eat into my colleagues' time, so will the Minister of State correspond with me on the issue after the debate?


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