Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD says the latest Mental Health Commission report, which found has found ‘high risks’ in mental health units in Cork and Dublin further emphasises the need for the Minister to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis across our mental health services.

Deputy Browne said, “Two units in Dublin and one in Cork were designated as ‘high-risk’ noncompliant when it came to their staffing levels. Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise. To their credit, every single mental health organisation and representative group have been banging a drum for years, trying to highlight the problems in staffing levels.

“Only this week we’ve seen the Psychiatric Nurses Association forced to implement an overtime ban because its members feel the government is not taking its concerns seriously.

“The sole purpose of the Mental Health Commission is to promote, encourage and foster high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services in Ireland. The Minister needs to take its recommendations seriously and put in place the proper resources to address its concerns.

“Worryingly in one unit, since the last inspection, there had been no improvement in the number of staff trained in managing aggression and violence. The inspections and recommendations are there for a reason and they simply cannot be ignored”, concluded Deputy Browne.