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Compensation to be paid to victims of CAMHS scandal

The full Maskey report can be viewed at hse.ie/southkerrycamhsreview

It has been confirmed that a state compensation scheme has been established for young people who suffered harm/injury while in the care of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service as outlined through the Maskey Report.

The HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has acknowledged that the scheme will give some assistance to the families and young people affected who did not receive the standard of care they deserved. It will be administered by the state claims agency on behalf of the HSE.

The HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has received details of the scheme and has issued the details by post to those affected to outline how they can apply.

The scheme will give some assistance to the families and young people affected who did not receive the standard of care they deserved

Separately, directly engagement is continuing with the young people affected and their families with a clinical support liaison team is in place to support individuals and families.

“We are committed to providing ongoing support to all those affected by the events outlined in the Maskey Report,” the The HSE/Cork Kerry Community said.

A separate process is underway to make sure all 35 recommendations of the report are implemented.

A statement issued to KillarneyToday.com by the HSE read: “The HSE would like to take this opportunity once again to apologise sincerely to the young people affected and their families for deficits in care they have received.

The Deputy Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Cahill, said the Maskey Report found that significant harm was caused to 46 children and a further 227 were put at risk of serious harm, while under the care of one doctor, at South Kerry Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

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Cllr Cahill travelled to Dublin earlier this year with members of the Kerry CAMHS Family Support Group to meet with the Minister for Mental Health Services, Mary Butler and other senior government representatives.

“The early approval by the Government of compensation for the horrific ordeal that these families went through under CAMHS has to be welcomedbut the detail must be examined before it can be determined if the package is suitable to their needs,” he said.

An information line remains open on 1800 742 800 from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

The full Maskey report can be viewed at hse.ie/southkerrycamhsreview.

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