Mental Health surge capacity welcome

HSE Clondalkin Tallaght

Mark Ward TD, has welcomed  the Government announcement  to provide surge capacity within private mental health hospitals to deal with the increased demand on mental health services during the pandemic.  Teachta Ward has been led the charge on this issue and it was one of the core measures in the successful Sinn Féin mental health  motion that was passed by the Dail last week. Teachta Ward said: “I want to welcome  the Government announcement  to provide surge capacity within private mental health hospitals to deal with the increased demand on mental health services during the pandemic. 

“This is something that I have been calling for, for a long time and it was one of the core measures outlined in our recent successful motion that was passed by the Dail last week. “The Minister now needs to make sure that the people that need emergency treatment can avail of the additional acute and longer-term beds that were announced. This will free up further public capacity. “The Minister acknowledged today the increase in those presenting with eating disorders. “I have  urged the Minister to prioritize those suffering with eating disorders to be able to avail of this additional surge capacity. At present there are only 3 adult specialized eating disorders in the state. “It is now incumbent on Minister Mary Butler to ensure that this additional capacity makes a real impact on people’s ability to access mental health services.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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