Annual raid on mental health service funding must stop – Ó Caoláin
The joint mobilisation of support for the retention of all designated monies for the Mental Health HSE spend in 2016 by Mental Health Reform and the Union of Students in Ireland at the Dáil today has been welcomed by Sinn Féin Deputy and spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.
Deputy Ó Caoláin was joined at the protest by a large number of Sinn Féin T.D.s and newly elected Senators and Leinster House support staff.
The Sinn Féin spokesperson said it was incumbent on the new Minister for Health and the new Government to defend the needs of citizens challenged by mental health issues, including depression and suicide ideation.
“I call on the new Government and Minister for Health to defend the retention of all monies designated for the mental health spend in 2016 for that purpose and to resist the now almost annual plunder of these funds for other challenged areas of the overall HSE health spend.
“The mental health of our citizens is vital to their overall wellbeing and their general fulfilment in life. Our under-resourced mental health services require a demonstrated commitment on the part of all political voices, whether in government or in opposition.
“Enough is enough. The almost annual raid on monies designated for mental health services must stop and it must stop permanently. There can be no toleration of this crass and insulting action now or in the future” stated Deputy Ó Caoláin.