MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SEVERELY HIT AS CONSULTANT CRISIS FELT BY FAMILIES IN MONAGHAN AND CAVAN

19 July 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A ‘consultant crisis’ is seriously impacting on patient access to mental health services in the North East region, which includes counties Monaghan and Cavan, it emerged this week, with some 100 permanent consultant psychiatric posts unfilled throughout the country. The position is particularly disturbing for families with patients requiring a determination in relation to schizophrenia diagnosis and the need for close monitoring to provide for essential medicinal and treatment changes.

It emerged this week that a staggering 2,498 children are waiting for access to mental health services, while one-in-four of all children and adults referred to these services are not seen within the recommended 12 weeks. Thirteen years on from publication of the government’s mental health strategy, ‘A Vision for Change’ mental health services staffing is still woefully under resourced – with only half the required staff in some services. Resourcing of mental health services appears to be ‘in limbo’ as the State spend on antidepressants grows to over €40 million per annum.

This week a Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Selena Pillay spoke out on the impact of long waiting times for patients, stating : “They become….

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