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No plans to re-establish the Future of Mental Healthcare Committee on a permanent basis – Devine

28 February, 2019 - by Máire Devine


Following a commencement matter by Sinn Féin Seanad Spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Máire Devine, the government have stated that they have no plans to re-establish the Future of Mental Healthcare Committee on a permanent basis.

The Committee was dissolved in October 2018 following the publication of its final report. However, it was widely argued that this was only the beginning of the Committee’s work

Speaking afterwards, Senator Devine said

“It feels like they are undermining all the good work done by the Committee and indeed dampening the hope of families that believed we were finally making strides for mental health in this country.

“The Committee consistently called for a strong and robust implementation plan. The re-establishment of the Committee would certainly be useful for that work. In the context of the continuing crisis in our mental health services, failure to implement the Vision for Change strategy, and the plans to introduce a new Mental Health Act, the Committee’s role could not be more important.

“It was strongly alluded to during the work of the Committee that it would become a permanent Committee, but it seems now the Minister and the Department have flipped 180 on this.

“My colleague Pat Buckley TD and I will be reaching out to all members of the Committee on this issue. Mental Health is too important of an issue to let the Committee fade away.” 

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