Dáil to consider FF Mental Health Bill next week – Browne

Published on: 07 July 2017

The Dáil will next week debate a Bill put forward by Fianna Fáil aimed at reforming Ireland’s mental health services.

The Mental Health (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2017 will be debated by the Dáil next Friday as it goes through fourth and final stages of the legislative process.

Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD said, “This Bill aims to reform Ireland’s mental health services by insisting on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2015 report on the Expert Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act.

“Serious issues have been identified with our mental health services and it is important that the Dáil provides the necessary leadership to tackle these problems. Demand for mental health services has increased significantly in recent years and we must do more to protect the well-being of patients and ensure that the State meets its obligations under international human rights law.

“There has been much talk by Fine Gael about reforming our mental health services in recent years but the Government has failed to take decisive action on the issue. This is why Fianna Fáil put forward this Bill and why we are insisting on it being dealt with before the summer recess.

“Next week TD’s from across the political spectrum will have the opportunity to kick-start real reform of our mental health services. I hope they choose to do so by supporting our Bill,” concluded Deputy Browne.

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