HSE must address CAMHS resignations in South East - David Cullinane TD
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that the HSE must address the reasons behind the recent resignations of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) consultants in the South East, adding that the enormous pressures the consultants are under is an issue that will not go away until it is fixed.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"The South East is losing three child and adolescent mental health psychiatrists, leaving just one full time consultant covering a population of 278,000.
"As an interim measure, the HSE has hired a consultant based in Galway to work weekends in the interim.
"The HSE needs to address the reasons why these people are leaving.
"There are huge pressures due to the lack of capacity in the system.
"This is a real wake-up call for the HSE.
"A sticking plaster solution has been put in place until they recruit more staff
"But unless the underlying issues regarding capacity are addressed what is to stop those people from leaving in turn?
"I have been made aware of children being put in adult wards because of these pressures.
"This is completely unacceptable. The HSE needs to invest, pure and simple.
"The people of the south east deserve more than sticking plasters."