Only half of key recommendations from Roscommon Mental Health Review implemented- Murphy

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that only half of the key recommendations in the Roscommon Mental Health Review have been implemented by the HSE.

Senator Murphy has long campaigned in relation to the need for improved mental health and psychiatric services in County Roscommon.

“The mental health and psychiatric services have long been found wanting in Co Roscommon and in recent years we have had a damning indictment of the service with the Roscommon Mental Health Review.

“The review was established in 2015 after numerous concerns about the safety and governance of the service and now several years later it has been revealed that only 13 out of the key 27 recommendations have actually been implemented. My Fianna Fáil colleague Deputy James Browne, who is the party’s spokesperson on mental health recently tabled parliamentary questions for further updates on how many recommendations of the Roscommon mental health review have been implemented. It has emerged that only 13 of the recommendations have been completed, two have been partially completed and the HSE has stated that the remaining 12 have been partially implemented and work continues on getting the rest implemented. This response is very vague, and I am seeking further clarification from the mental health services in the HSE as to what specifically has been implemented and what exactly has been partially implemented. This type of vagueness is not acceptable- we need clarity and accountability as to why some recommendations have only been partially completed or implemented- the people of Roscommon deserve better when it comes to mental health services. Now more than ever in these Covid19 times, mental health issues are very much to the fore and the people of Roscommon and the West deserve to have a fully functioning service,” concluded Senator Murphy.

Senator Murphy is available for interview or further comment on 087 1668775.