Extended waiting periods for young people seeking essential mental health care ‘a disgrace’, says Pat Buckley, TD


Sinn Fein TD for East Cork has described as “a disgrace” the continuing high numbers of young people in Cork who are waiting extended periods for essential mental health care through CAMHS.

Speaking during a debate on Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Dáil last week Deputy Buckley said that the Cork/Kerry HSE region makes up 26% of total waiting list across the state and a quarter of those were waiting over 12 months at the time.”

Deputy Buckley continued, “Last August Cork CAMHS closed to new referrals. This came at a time of unprecedented national and local demand on the mental health services at nearly all levels but particularly among young people. It was primarily due to staff shortages. CAMHS services simply did not have the staff to operate at the capacity required and a failure to recruit new consultant psychiatrist for initial assessments was leaving children in mental distress playing the waiting game.

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