Prioritising Mental Health

We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and dramatically improve child and adolescent services.

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Mental Health services deserve real investment.

The Confidence and Supply Arrangement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael commits to the full implementation of the ‘A Vision for Change’ policy, and this remains a key priority for us. There has been significant underinvestment in mental health services in recent years and this practice must change. We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and will invest in services year-on-year.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to prioritise Mental Health

  1. Give mental health parity of esteem

    Establish, in law, the principle of parity of esteem of our physical and mental healthcare. Parity of esteem will allow for equality of access to care and treatment, equality of efforts to improve quality of care, and equality of levels of choice of care and treatment.

  2. Provide the promised services

    Provide, in every county, the mental health services envisaged in the Vision for Change strategy. This policy is a priority for us, especially for child, adolescent and intellectual disability services.

  3. More power to the Mental Health Commission

    Give the Mental Health Commission powers to regulate residential units. The Mental Health Commission currently has no role in regulating residential care homes. This clearly needs to change and we will make residential care homes a safe and comfortable place to live in.

  4. Improve the Irish equality legislation

    Amend Irish equality legislation to ensure that people can no longer be discriminated against on the basis that they have a mental health diagnosis. Through using equality legislation we will make it an independent factor within the law and therefore grant it a human rights-based definition.

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Tackle Waiting Times

We will expand the Treatment Purchase Fund to reduce waiting times and use it for outpatient waiting lists as well.

Prioritise Mental Health

We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and dramatically improve Child and Adolescent services.

Tackling Hospital Overcrowding

We will increase hospital capacity to meet growing demand and provide greater supports, along with more beds, for those who need it.

Expand Primary Care

We will make access to primary and community care a priority.

Reducing Health Costs

We will reduce those costs that stop people accessing needed care.

Reform Health Service Delivery

Working with frontline staff we will make healthcare safer and more efficient.

Care for the Elderly

Support older people to stay at home and in supported communities.

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