Closure of half of the youth mental health beds in Cherry Orchard hospital outrageous – Senator Máire Devine
It was announced that talks to save 11 youth mental health beds in the Linn Dara ward in Cherry Orchard hospital have collapsed and the beds will close on June 1st, leaving only 11 beds open on the ward.
Senator Devine said;
“I am outraged. To close half of the beds in a youth mental health facility during an absolute crisis in youth mental health is astonishing, even from this government.
“Youth suicides are at extreme levels; our young people are suffering, and yet we do nothing but take from them.
“Yet again we are seeing a situation where the nurses on the ground are the ones fighting for the protection of the ordinary people of this country. The Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland has been desperately trying to save these beds but to no avail.
“They have put forward five different solutions to this problem but Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Helen McEntee has completely ignored them. Due to this policy failure we will lose half of our beds within our CAMHS service.
“I am calling on the minister to re-evaluate these staffing shortages, look at the solutions being offered by the PNA and secure employment so that these beds can be reopened without delay.
“It is simply not good enough that this situation cannot be rectified - if the public health service cannot compete with private health jobs then this needs to be addressed immediately.”