Call on Minister to address Mental Health Report delay

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been called on to explain why a HSE Report into mental health services in County Roscommon has still not been issued.

  Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice made the call as the Roscommon People reveals that Co. Roscommon had the second highest rate of admissions to psychiatric units in the country last year.

  In a statement, Deputy Fitzmaurice said he has put down a Parliamentary Question to Minister Harris to find out why the HSE Report into mental health services in County Roscommon has “been delayed for so long.”

  Minister Harris is likely to be pressed on the issue when he makes his first visit (as minister) to Roscommon on Thursday, September 8th, when he will officially open the new Endoscopy Unit at Roscommon Hospital.

  The HSE Report was initiated last August after a series of concerns were raised in recent years about various aspects of the mental health service in County Roscommon, a service now routinely deemed to be “in crisis.”

  Pointing out that twelve months have now elapsed and that the still unpublished report is nine months overdue, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “I understand that the number of people who wished to have an input into the findings was much larger than was anticipated, but the report should be published as soon as possible.

  “I am calling on the Minister for State Helen McEntee and Minister Simon Harris to make a statement on this very important matter.”