Mental Health Services Funding: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]

The following motion was moved by Deputy James Browne on Tuesday, 15 November 2016:
That Dáil Éireann:
notes:
- the commitment in Appendix 1 of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement for a Fine Gael-led Government to fully implement A Vision for Change in the area of mental health; and
- that the Confidence and Supply Arrangement votes are dependent on the full implementation of the policy principles attached to this document;
further notes that:
- the July 2016 Estimate from the Department of Health indicated that the required resources needed to fully implement A Vision For Change are €177.3 million or €35.4 million per annum over five years;
- in 2017 the funding committed for new developments is just €15 million;
- such an increase would represent only a 1.8 per cent investment in new developments for mental health compared to the 2016 Budget; and
- even including the €9.7 million announced for increased pay rates in mental health services, this represents an increase of just 3 per cent in revenue funding for mental health, much less than the 7.4 per cent increase in revenue spending for the health budget as a whole; and
calls for:
- an urgent review of the Government’s decision to allow just 1.8 percent in additional spending in 2017 for mental health care improvements;
- a multi-annual plan to be published within three months outlining how the commitment in Appendix 1 of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement for a Fine Gael-led Government to fully implement A Vision for Change will be realised;
- any such plan to include a provision that all and any monies allocated to mental health, and that go unspent within a financial year, be carried over to the following year and not be returned to the exchequer and/or expended elsewhere; and
- any successor strategy arising out of a review of A Vision for Change to incorporate this multi-annual plan.
Debate resumed on amendment No. 1:
To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following:
“notes:
— the commitment by Fine Gael in its post-election agreement with Fianna Fáil to increase funding annually for mental health services and fully implement A Vision for Change;
— that the July 2016 estimate from the Department of Health indicated that the required resources needed to fully implement A Vision For Change are €177.3 million or €35.4 million per annum over five years;
— the recommendation of the Oireachtas Group on Mental Health that an increase of €37.5 million should be made in spending for the service in 2017;
— that in 2017 the funding committed for new developments is just €15 million;
— that such an increase would represent only a 1.8 per cent investment in new developments for mental health compared to the 2016 Budget; and
— that even including the €9.7 million announced for increased pay rates in mental health services, this represents an increase of just 3 per cent in revenue funding for mental health, much less than the 7.4 per cent increase in revenue spending for the health budget as a whole;
commits once more to the complete implementation of A Vision for Change as soon as possible;
resolves to:
— increase the mental health budget for 2017 by a minimum of €37.5 million; and
— ring-fence all and any monies allocated to mental health, and that go unspent within a financial year, for use the following year and for such monies not to be returned to the exchequer and/or expended elsewhere; and demand that a multi-annual plan be published by Government, within three months, outlining how the full implementation of A Vision for Change will be realised including provision for required future funding increases.”
- (Deputy Pat Buckley)

On Tuesday, 15 November, on the question, "That the amendment be made", a division was claimed and in accordance with Standing Order 70(2), that division must be taken now.

Amendment put:
The Dáil divided: Tá, 47; Staon, 0; Níl, 88.

  • Adams, Gerry.
  • Barry, Mick.
  • Boyd Barrett, Richard.
  • Brady, John.
  • Broughan, Thomas P.
  • Buckley, Pat.
  • Burton, Joan.
  • Collins, Joan.
  • Connolly, Catherine.
  • Coppinger, Ruth.
  • Crowe, Seán.
  • Cullinane, David.
  • Daly, Clare.
  • Doherty, Pearse.
  • Ellis, Dessie.
  • Ferris, Martin.
  • Fitzmaurice, Michael.
  • Funchion, Kathleen.
  • Healy, Seamus.
  • Howlin, Brendan.
  • Kelly, Alan.
  • Kenny, Gino.
  • Kenny, Martin.
  • McDonald, Mary Lou.
  • Martin, Catherine.
  • Mitchell, Denise.
  • Munster, Imelda.
  • Murphy, Catherine.
  • Murphy, Paul.
  • Nolan, Carol.
  • Ó Broin, Eoin.
  • Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
  • Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh.
  • Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
  • O'Brien, Jonathan.
  • O'Reilly, Louise.
  • O'Sullivan, Jan.
  • O'Sullivan, Maureen.
  • Penrose, Willie.
  • Pringle, Thomas.
  • Quinlivan, Maurice.
  • Ryan, Eamon.
  • Sherlock, Sean.
  • Shortall, Róisín.
  • Smith, Bríd.
  • Stanley, Brian.
  • Wallace, Mick.

Níl

  • Aylward, Bobby.
  • Bailey, Maria.
  • Barrett, Seán.
  • Brassil, John.
  • Breathnach, Declan.
  • Brophy, Colm.
  • Browne, James.
  • Bruton, Richard.
  • Burke, Peter.
  • Butler, Mary.
  • Byrne, Catherine.
  • Byrne, Thomas.
  • Cahill, Jackie.
  • Calleary, Dara.
  • Canney, Seán.
  • Cannon, Ciarán.
  • Carey, Joe.
  • Casey, Pat.
  • Cassells, Shane.
  • Chambers, Jack.
  • Chambers, Lisa.
  • Collins, Michael.
  • Collins, Niall.
  • Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.
  • Coveney, Simon.
  • Creed, Michael.
  • Curran, John.
  • D'Arcy, Michael.
  • Daly, Jim.
  • Deasy, John.
  • Deering, Pat.
  • Doherty, Regina.
  • Donohoe, Paschal.
  • Dooley, Timmy.
  • Doyle, Andrew.
  • Durkan, Bernard J.
  • Farrell, Alan.
  • Fitzpatrick, Peter.
  • Flanagan, Charles.
  • Fleming, Sean.
  • Gallagher, Pat The Cope.
  • Griffin, Brendan.
  • Harris, Simon.
  • Harty, Michael.
  • Haughey, Seán.
  • Heydon, Martin.
  • Humphreys, Heather.
  • Kehoe, Paul.
  • Kelleher, Billy.
  • Kenny, Enda.
  • Kyne, Seán.
  • Lahart, John.
  • Lawless, James.
  • MacSharry, Marc.
  • McConalogue, Charlie.
  • McEntee, Helen.
  • McGrath, Finian.
  • McGrath, Mattie.
  • McGrath, Michael.
  • McGuinness, John.
  • McLoughlin, Tony.
  • Madigan, Josepha.
  • Martin, Micheál.
  • Moran, Kevin Boxer.
  • Moynihan, Aindrias.
  • Murphy O'Mahony, Margaret.
  • Murphy, Dara.
  • Murphy, Eoghan.
  • Murphy, Eugene.
  • Naughton, Hildegarde.
  • Neville, Tom.
  • Ó Cuív, Éamon.
  • O'Callaghan, Jim.
  • O'Connell, Kate.
  • O'Dea, Willie.
  • O'Donovan, Patrick.
  • O'Dowd, Fergus.
  • O'Keeffe, Kevin.
  • O'Loughlin, Fiona.
  • O'Rourke, Frank.
  • Phelan, John Paul.
  • Rabbitte, Anne.
  • Rock, Noel.
  • Ross, Shane.
  • Scanlon, Eamon.
  • Smith, Brendan.
  • Troy, Robert.
  • Varadkar, Leo.

Staon

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Pat Buckley; Níl, Deputies James Browne and Billy Kelleher.
Amendment declared lost.
Motion put and declared carried.