Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD says his party has again played a key role in securing additional investment for mental health services in Budget 2019.

“The increased allocation of €55m for new mental health services in Budget 2019 is a positive development and stems from the Confidence and Supply Arrangement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.  This made an explicit commitment to the full implementation of the ‘A Vision for Change’ policy, and this remains a key priority for us. The Budget 2019 investment can help to achieve this”, said Deputy Browne.

“While the scale of the investment is welcome, the detail relating to spending priorities remains scant at this stage. It is important that Minister of State Jim Daly and the HSE come forward with a clear plan showing what this investment will mean to those who use mental health services and how it will meet their needs.

“It is vital that we make inroads into the long waiting times for CAMHS services and appointments to see a psychologist. It’s also important that we address the challenge in recruiting psychiatrists.

“These measures must be contained in the HSE Service Plan, which should be published before Christmas”.