Enniscorthy-based Sinn Féin councillor and General Election candidate, Cllr Johnny Mythen, claims that “there is melt down in the Mental Health services, and that the recent announcement of three senior psychiatric doctors quitting their posts has “stunned the people of Co. Wexford.”
Mr. Kieran Moore and two of his senior staff have left their posts , citing their positions as “untenable and unsafe.”
Cllr Mythen said; “Since the closure of St Senan’s hospital at Enniscorthy in 2009, the situation has gone from bad to worse. Without doubt the loss of these prominent posts will leave the current services in turmoil and total disarray.”
“At present children under five years have to wait two years for an appointment, and there is a three years waiting list, if your over six,” stated Cllr Mythen, who added; “This crisis in services has once again demonstrated the lack of understanding of the immense problem facing mental health services and the well-being of our younger citizens.”
“Mr. Moore is a specialist consultant for paediatric psychiatry, his resignation on what is, legitimate grounds must come as a very serious and disturbing warning on the state of our Mental Health system in the region.
“One in four people will suffer from some sort of mental illness in their lives. County Wexford has the third highest rate of suicide in the state.”
Cllr Mythen insists that the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, and the HSE, must act immediately and take responsibility for the unfortunate action these professionals had to take, because of the lack of support and unsafe conditions, that are obviously prevalent in the mental health system in Co. Wexford.