19 Nov 2019, 16.11

The chief executive officer of the Mental Health Commission John Farrelly and the Inspector of Mental Health Services, Dr Susan Finnerty will appear before the Joint Committee on Health tomorrow, Wednesday, to discuss the development of mental health services.

Speaking before the meeting, Committee chairman, Dr Michael Harty TD said: “The development of an effective service for those who require help for mental health issues is contingent on having an adequate number of fully trained, qualified staff. Tomorrow’s meeting with the Commission will allow the Committee to assess the degree to which services are not being provided because we do not have the right people in the right place to deliver those services.”

In the second session of the meeting, SIPTU’s Paul Bell will discuss workforce planning in the health sector. SIPTU represent approximately 45,000 health workers delivering front line service to a wide range of service users.

Dr Harty said: “Tomorrow’s meeting will allow the Committee to get an insight on the extent to which these front line services are being delivered and the extent to which staffing is in place to meet the growing need for services”

The meeting takes place in Leinster House, Committee room 3 at 9am. Watch the Committee live. 

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