Thursday, 20th September 2018
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Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has called for an urgent action plan from the HSE to ensure that the county's children are not left without access to a consultant paediatric psychiatrist. Deputy Butler was commenting after the existing consultant, Dr. Kieran Moore said that that he and two of his colleagues from the southeast region were resigning at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare.

"This is a shocking development for children who are in desperate and urgent for psychiatric care in the South East. "Dr. Moore told the Committee that he was leaving as the building 'is in a state' and that staff are 'burnt out.' "He confirmed that mental health services in the country required continuous funding and that he felt it was not neither 'safe nor untenable'. "The South East is going to be left without a paediatric consultant psychiatrist from July 2018, and I honestly don't believe that the HSE have a plan in place to offer alternative services to children and young adults in the South East.

"The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is struggling to meet demand. Its poor track record on recruiting the staff needed to roll out A Vision for Change is well documented. However, now it is starting to lose its existing staff, and I fear for the children who desperately need their care and support. "Minister Daly and indeed Minister Harris need to get their heads together, and secure adequate cover for the South East."

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