Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (288)

Catherine Murphy


288. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health if he will undertake an urgent review of the allocation of mental health services to young persons; the areas in which gaps in provision of services exist by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40956/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The allocation of mental health services, including those for young persons, is agreed in the context of the HSE annual Service Plans, following the annual Estimates process. The Department of Health, in conjunction with the HSE, regularly monitors delivery of the HSE Service Plan each year. The overall aim of developing mental health services for young people, including new e-mental health initiatives now underway, is to achieve the best possible outcomes in terms of access and treatment nationally. This matter has also been given detailed consideration in the context of the update of the policy A Vision for Change, which will be launched in the near future. In the circumstances, it is not considered that any separate review is required on the issue raised by the Deputy. I have referred this question to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy in respect of the information sought at local level.

Question No. 289 answered with Question No. 273.