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Sinn Féin back demand for improvement to child and adolescent mental health services

4 August, 2006


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, John O'Dowd has said that the case for improving child and adolescent mental health services has already been made and accepted and backed the call for immediate improvements.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The case for improving child and adolescent mental health services has already been made and accepted. It is now time to see in action plan put in place that can address the deficits and begin to make immediate improvements.

"The bottom line is that we need to see dedicated resources that can upgrade facilities, help with staff recruitment and crucially, to expand the range and quality of services delivered.

"The fact is that despite mountains of evidence highlighting the need for improvement that we have not seen the required resources or the necessary improvements.

"When the 4th Bamford report was published in May of this year Sinn Féin said that the promotion of mental well being must be a priority. Professor Bamford himself also made the point that if extra money was not made available then nothing will change." ENDS

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