Underresourcing of Cork CAHMS ‘shameful’ – Ó Laoghaire
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that it is unacceptable that no Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services available in Cork University or Mercy University hospitals last week due to a chronic lack of staff.
This meant that young people presenting to these Emergency Departments, presumably in quite some levels of distress, had no access to the most appropriate service.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire reacted by calling on Ministers Simon Harris and Helen McEntee to act immediately, saying;
“It beggars belief that on Monday of last week that children turning up to these hospitals, many, I’m sure, in crisis situations and experiencing extraordinary levels of stress, were unable to receive the treatment they require.
“It is my understanding that this was a result of staff having resigned and being on leave, but that is by no means an excuse as to why these children didn’t receive the treatment they are in such dire need of.
“Suicide has been a matter of considerable discussion in Cork in recent weeks with some localities being badly affected, and the service should not only be adequately resourced, but increased to reflect this trend.
“These young people find themselves in very situations, but the CAMHS teams provide these young people with a pathway to understanding and treatment, and their work is invaluable.
“Mental Health services suffered disproportionately from many years of funding cuts, and young people in Cork City have suffered disproportionately as a result.
“Both Minister Harris and Minister McEntee have an obligation to these young people, and should see to it that they do not become another statistic by acting with urgency to adequately resource and staff CAMHS units throughout the state.”