Mental Health Reform’s Chairman Eddie Molloy argues in this week’s Irish Independent that mental health services must not be sacrificed to shore up the HSE deficit:
“DURING a recent RTE radio programme, former supreme court judge Catherine McGuinness remarked on the report on the deaths of children in the care of the State that nearly all its recommendations had been made 20 years earlier in her report on the Kilkenny incest case. Little was done to implement those findings in the meantime, with the tragic result that since 1993 hundreds of children have died before reaching their 18th year and many thousands more survived into adulthood, often as broken people surviving on our streets or stuck in prison.
Ever since the establishment of the HSE and long before, services for vulnerable children, older people in institutions and even in their own homes and people with mental-health difficulties have not been treated fairly.”
Read the full article here.