Wexford’s Mental Health service is at breaking point and staff are burnt out, Cllr Tom Forde told today’s meeting of Wexford County Council where he received support from fellow members after he tabled a motion calling for an emergency cross party meeting with the HSE.
This comes in the wake of the resignation of top psychiatric consultants from the scandal-hit public health system.
Cllr Forde claims that from mid-July there will be no Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the South-East, because of the recent resignations.
Cllr Tom Forde said; “This is an extremely serious situation. We all know that the lack of adequate mental health services in Wexford has and will cost lives.
“We have now lost respected specialist psychiatric consultants due to staff burn out and unsafe working conditions.”
“These professionals resigned because they were not enabled to deliver the standard of care that they would want, and that people deserve, said Cllr Forde, who added; “The recruitment process needs to begin immediately but it may take a long-time before staff are in place. It puts all of those people in desperate need of emergency care at severe risk.”
The Wexford-town based teacher added; “There is no coverage in the South East area for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services when staff are on leave. As a parent and teacher, I find it unacceptable that any young person could be left without this important care.”
Cllr Davy Hynes expressed disappointment that Minister Jim Daly offered no assurances when he spoke on South East Radio earlier today.
Cllr Robbie Ireton said the Council “must get the HSE in and grill them!”
Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy accused the HSE of “failing our children.”
Cllr Ger Carthy said it is time that the issue was reported to the Ombudsman for Children.
There was also contributions from Cllrs Willie Fitzharris, Willie Kavanagh, Malcolm Byrne, John Hegarty, Paddy Kavanagh and Tony Dempsey.
Cllr Forde, speaking after that meeting, said: “I was told that the decision had already been taken to send that letter ahead of my motion being discussed and I’m glad the Cathaoirleach Cllr Keith Doyle took the bull by the horns because we’ve got no time to waste.
“Cross-party support is what will get this over the finishing line. This is an issue that is bigger than any political group,” he concluded.