CAMHS staffing levels running at half what they should be – Smith

Published on: 23 October 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has expressed concern that staffing levels in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the North West region – which includes Cavan and Monaghan – have fallen in the past year.  According to the latest figures supplied to Fianna Fáil, there are only 57 staff employed in the service in 2017, down from 60 in 2016.

The figures are well below the Vision for Change targets for the area – in fact another 51 staff are needed to bring the service in line with best practice.

Deputy Smith commented, “The Vision for Change programme was published in 2006, but more than 11 years later many of the recommendations have still not been implemented and targets, especially those relating to children’s services, have fallen wide of the mark.

“A full community CAMHS service for the North West region should have a staff allocation of 108, however, the most recent figures reveal that there are only 57 in place in 2017.  In fact there’s been a fall in the number of staff in the service in the past year.  This is completely unacceptable, and is further evidence of the Government’s failure to get to grips with the health service.

“These figures make for worrying reading – if these targets are continually missed, it will be decades before the CAMHS service is fully functional.  More than 11 years after its publication, this is shameful.

“Through the Confidence & Supply Arrangement, Fianna Fáil secured an additional €35m for mental health funding in Budget 2018.  This investment must be used to deliver on the recommendations of A Vision for Change rather than just aspiring to deliver on them”.

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