Seanad debates

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Psychiatry Services

10:30 am

Photo of Eugene MurphyEugene Murphy (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the statement from the Minister of State. Commitments were given regarding CAMHS and they have been fully looked after with these developments. I welcome that the Minister of State addressed the subject of the psychiatry of later life, but it is now clear that some issues remain concerning staffing. The Minister of State explained the situation very well in respect of how long it is taking to get staff into certain areas. The good thing I take from what the Minister of State said is that good progress is being made in this area.

It is also interesting to note what was said about telepsychiatry. Things change and this is something new and it will be part of how we deal with issues such as this in future. It is clear from what was said that this service will be up and running fully and that new ideas and approaches are emerging. I would love if the Minister of State would come to visit County Roscommon and this centre and have a discussion on these issues, including going through what is happening there. It would be well worthwhile. The invitation has been issued now, and I hope the Minister of State does not think I am being cheeky in pushing it on her like this. We would love to have her down there with us soon to discuss this matter further. I thank her for being here this morning and for her clear answers.


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