Seanad debates

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Commencement Matters

Mental Health Services

10:30 am

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour) | Oireachtas source

The management reconfiguration is recent as the Senator knows, and I have every confidence in the management. I do not think anyone, no matter who, no matter what status, whether Taoiseach, President or Minister, can guarantee that things will not happen.Following my investigation into the matters raised by the Senator, I can tell him that there are sufficient staff to ensure the shortages we see at weekends do not happen. I do not know whether it is a management issue or whether other issues are coming into play but I will make further inquiries. I try to be as honest and open as possible as I do not believe in fudging matters but I cannot guarantee any of those things. I am not there and I am not the person micromanaging the system. When resources are an issue, I will do my best to deal with that but it is not my job to get into how something is managed at local level. I will make further inquiries but I cannot guarantee that people will not be missing next weekend. With the resources that have been put in, this should not happen


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