Deficiencies in mental health services a result of austerity – Ó Caoláin
January 3, 2013
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has branded deficiencies in mental health service funding for young people as 'austerity in action'.
Speaking in response to media reports of the serious concerns of Martin Rogan, head of Mental Health Services at the HSE, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“I commend Mr Rogan for highlighting this issue and for speaking out against the devastating effects of cuts to vital mental health services. This is austerity in action. This Government has failed to provide adequate resources to deliver appropriate mental health services, especially for our young people.
“Only last week the Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, admitted that most of the so-called additional €35 million ring-fenced for mental health services in 2012 was in fact diverted, with the greater number of the 414 promised new posts for the sector left unfilled. The Government’s oft repeated words on the importance of reforming our mental health services ring hollow.
“There is not a community in this state which has not been affected by the death of a young person through suicide. It is essential, at this time, that supports and resources are there to meet the ever increasing demand. Lives not just may but actually do depend on it.”