No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal

first_imgDonegal is among 19 counties across the country unable to provide inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues, new figures revealed. Figures released to Fianna Fáil TD James Browne showed that there are just 74 inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues.According to Joe.ie, of the nine regional Community Health Organisations, five are without any beds whatsoever. The CHOs without any inpatient beds for children with mental illness cover Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Louth, South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Clare and Limerick. “There are just 74 acute beds available for children and adolescents across the country and they are in the CHO areas that include Dublin, Cork and Galway. Five CHO areas, covering 19 counties, have none at all,” noted Browne in a statement issued on Saturday.“It seems extraordinary to me that there are no beds in the South East, the Mid West, the Midlands and the North West. I have no doubt that the absence of such beds leads to children being admitted to adult units and worse, waiting for hours in very unsuitable A&E Departments.”He added: “This is yet another example of the inadequate services currently being provided in child mental health services nationally.”Comparatively, there are 1,024 inpatient beds nationwide for adults suffering from acute mental health issues. No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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