Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne says the confirmation of €55m in funding for new mental health developments in 2019 is very welcome

The Wexford TD was commenting following the publication of the HSE Service Plan for next year.

“Fianna Fáil prioritised mental health in the Confidence and Supply Arrangement and no other sector of the health service has seen an increase in funding on the scale of €55 million for new developments. This is a positive development and one I am very pleased with”, said Deputy Browne.

“However there are some concerning aspects to the Service Plan in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The 2018 plan set a target of 14,365 CAMHs referrals.  In 2019 the target has seen a significant decrease – to 10,833. The reason for this is presumably the failure to meet this year’s target but it is disappointing that the HSE response to missing a target is to reduce it.

“There is also a reduction in the target for Psychiatry of Later Life referrals to be seen by mental health services.

“Overall it’s a mixed bag for mental health. The extra funding is very welcome but the capacity to deliver in 2019 remains to be seen.”