Complete lack of urgency in opening eating disorder service in Mount Carmel

HSE Clondalkin Tallaght

Mark Ward TD has said the delays in the long-awaited eating disorder service in Mount Carmel Hospital are unacceptable. The facility was due to open in late 2021 before being initially delayed until June 2022. Teachta Ward has received a response from the HSE this week to say the facility will now not be open until quarter 2 in 2023. Teachta Ward said “There is a lack of urgency by this Government to address the lack of service faced by people suffering from Eating Disorders. “In October 2021, that a new eating disorder unit at Mount Carmel Hospital was due to open by late 2021 before the HSE confirmed in December that it would not open until June 2022 at the earliest.

“Fast forward to March when I received  confirmation that construction of this much-needed facility will now not be finished until late 2022, at the earliest. “Recently I received confirmation that the facility will now not be open until  quarter 2 in 2023. “This is  a year and half after the date that the Minister first promised that it would open. “There is a complete lack of urgency to tackle eating disorders. The amount of people presenting for treatment with eating disorders has increased over the last few years.

“I asked the HSE to provide me with the additional costs of delay in the construction of  the Mount Carmel eating disorder service. “The HSE provided me with the overall cost of €2.8 million but not was originally budgeted for. “We have seen in the past the huge cost overruns in the National Children’s Hospital. “I have submitted further questions to the Minister asking for this information. “The Minister also needs to give answers if there were cost overruns  in Mount Carmel and give assurances that the facility will open to patients this year.”

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