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Tragic death at Connolly hospital A&E underlines urgent need for 24/7 crisis services – Buckley

31 March, 2017 - by Pat Buckley TD

Sinn Féin deputy Mental Health spokesperson Pat Buckley TD has offered his condolences to the family and friends of a woman who died by suicide last Sunday having presented to A&E in need of psychiatric care. He went on to say this tragedy underlined the urgent need for the delivery of 24/7 crisis intervention services in mental health given so many in distress are forced to seek care at overcrowded and understaffed A&E departments.

Deputy Buckley said:

“I want to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the woman who tragically took her own life on Sunday.

“Having experienced the terrible grief caused by suicide in my own family, my heart goes out to the loved ones of the deceased. They will now require care, compassion, and support in this incredibly difficult time.

“For far too many people experiencing severe mental distress which is putting their health and life at risk, A&E is their only option. This is particularly the case outside of office hours or on the weekend when A&E are often at their busiest. Crowded and chaotic accident and emergency departments are wholly inappropriate for dealing with people in this condition; in fact, they can be detrimental. Staff are doing their best but they are neither equipped nor resourced to adequately meet the needs of those who need crisis intervention.

“24/7 crisis intervention services must be prioritised and the delivery of seven day a week services across the state are the first step in this process. The tragic consequences of this gap in services are all too clear in this case.” 

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