Senator Maura Hopkins met with Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, on Tuesday in relation to the external report into Roscommon Mental Health services. She also stated that she has emphasised her concerns to Minister for Health Simon Harris.
Senator Hopkins said: “I had an in-depth discussion with Minister Jim Daly on Tuesday and made it very clear to him that serious issues exist in relation to the delivery of safe and effective mental health services for the people of Co. Roscommon.”
She added that the 27 recommendations need to be implemented in order to deliver a more effective and safer service for people with mental health difficulties and their families.
“We need to see proper timelines for the implementation of these recommendations. I asked Minister Jim Daly to meet with Tony Canavan, Chief Health Officer Area 2, to discuss the challenges identified in the report and to closely monitor the implementation of recommendations. Minister Daly has agreed to this and a meeting will now be taking place very shortly.
“It is important that good leadership is shown both at government level and within the HSE in order to deliver a more positive and improved mental health service for the people of our county.”