Poor men­tal health ser­vice crit­i­cised

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News -

A lack of seven-day men­tal health ser­vices in com­mu­ni­ties was crit­i­cised by Fianna Fail’s men­tal health spokesper­son, James Browne.

The HSE con­firmed six com­mu­nity health­care ar­eas were faced with “sig­nif­i­cant deficits in ser­vice pro­vi­sion”.

Mr Browne said “The need for out-of-hours ac­cess to men­tal health ser­vices na­tion­wide is crit­i­cal.

“Coun­ties such as Gal­way and Wick­low are sadly with­out ac­cess and so too are big towns such as Port­laoise, Tul­lam­ore and Long­ford, and ma­jor parts of west Dublin,. With­out a seven-day ser­vice, peo­ple must go to emer­gency de­part­ments which are not an ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting.”

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