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Report into South Kerry CAMHS is "shocking" - Pa Daly TD

26 January, 2022 - by Pa Daly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Pa Daly TD has outlined his concerns about the report into South Kerry CAMHS published today, describing the report as "shocking".

Teachta Daly said:

"The CAMHS report, published today, is shocking and far worse than anything I could have imagined.

"It exposes everything that is wrong with our health service and the complete lack of services available for young people.

"In the case of CAMHS, it is clear there was no oversight of this doctor or the service itself. 

"Despite the depiction of South Kerry CAMHS as a team, there was no organisation or structure in place. This doctor worked alone with no shared diary or organisation around them; resulting in the negligent treatment of these children and adolescents. 

"The doctor, who was clearly overworked, was also trying to maintain a private practice while caring for the South Kerry CAMHS patients.

"Of particular concern is that when concerns were initially raised, they were not addressed. 

"I am pleased that Michael Fitzgerald, Head of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and the HSE, has accepted the findings of the report.

"Now the recommendations must be implemented in full without delay."

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