Wait times putting patients at risk

Martin Ferris: “The situation in Kerry is extremely worrying”

A DEMAND has been made for increased and targeted investment in 2019 to help ease soaring waiting lists for access to child and adolescent mental health services in Kerry.
Deputy Martin Ferris said the system is in a state of crisis as the service continues to suffer from under-funding and a recruitment and retention crisis.

“The situation in Kerry is extremely worrying. At the end of October there were 2,250 children and young people waiting to access CAMHS services nationwide and 681 of these were here in the Kerry and Cork area,” he stated.
162 patients in the county have been waiting over a year to access their first appointment.

“Every expert in child and adolescent mental health will tell you that early intervention is absolutely vital in avoiding enduring and worsening problems in the future.

Faster access to medical care is required

“These waiting periods are simply unacceptable and they put people at very serious risk,” Deputy Ferris told KillarneyToday.com.

He maintained that the reason for the backlog is inadequate funding and the area is suffering from the government’s inability to address the recruitment and retention crisis.

“We cannot approach every year in the same vain by paying lip service to mental health services and then not properly funding or staffing them. In 2019 there needs to be increased and targeted investment to help ease soaring waiting lists and save lives,” the Sinn Fein TD remarked.

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