Understaffing of local mental health services 'deeply worrying' – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell has said recent figures obtained by her colleague Louise O'Reilly TD from the HSE which show that community teams for mental health services have only around two-thirds of necessary staff in Dublin Bay North are “deeply worrying”:
“These figures which show that our child and adolescent mental health services are severely understaffed are shocking and worrying,” she said.
“When it comes to Community Teams for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) staffing levels in North Dublin are at just 69% of those recommended in the Government's 'A Vision for Change' mental health plan. General adult mental health services staffing levels are even lower again at 66%.
“If mental health really is a priority for this Government then it needs to step up to the mark and ensure that mental health services are adequately staffed and appropriately funded.
“The shortage of staff is not unique to mental health services. It is part of a broader problem in our health services which includes issues around working conditions, pay and training opportunities; which are making it difficult to hire and retain staff – particularly front-line workers. Until these issues are addressed there is no doubt the crisis will continue to grow.”