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State of mental health services for children unacceptable - Tanaiste

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10:33 23 Jan 2023

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The Tánaiste has said the state of mental health services for children is unacceptable.

It's after an interim report from the Inspector of Mental Health Service found serious deficiencies including 140 children being 'lost' in the system with no follow up appointments.

The report found serious issues with staffing levels; showed some children were ageing out of the system without referral to adult services and children on antipsychotic medication weren't being monitored.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin said it's clear more investment in youth mental health services is needed.

"I think it's unacceptable, and very, very concerning.

"I think there has to be an ongoing review in terms of what has happened. The HSE has said they have engaged with every child that wasn't catered for adequately by the CAMHS service.

"Also, I think we have to look at governance issues again in terms of the mental health services."

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