Only 11 out of 176 approved mental health jobs filled – Browne

Published on: 07 September 2019

Fianna Fáil Mental Health Spokesperson James Browne TD has criticised the slow delivery of urgently needed mental health posts which are required to fulfil the commitments made under the national mental health strategy, A Vision for Change.

In figures recently provided to the Wexford TD through Parliamentary Question, the Health Service Executive confirmed that just 11 of 176 mental health posts that were approved for 2018 have been filled to date.

“Right now there are excessively long waiting lists for mental health services, whether in CAMHS or for psychology appointments in primary care.  Despite these lengthy waiting times and the fact almost €16 million in funding was provided to support recruitment, just one in sixteen positions have been filled. That’s less than €1 million”, said Deputy Browne.

“It’s clear we need a new approach. Last year the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care published a report which proposed among other things to consider the introduction of special allowances for psychiatric nurses.

“The Minister for Health needs to give serious attention to such recommendations. Otherwise we will continue to fail in recruiting vitally needed mental health staff,” he concluded.

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