Thursday 23 March 2017

2,000 children waiting to see a psychiatrist

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

NEARLY 2,000 children and adolescents are waiting to see a public health psychiatrist, a new report revealed yesterday.

Although nearly one in two children is now seen within a month of referral, 300 have waited for over a year.

The waiting list of 1,897, measured in September, has fallen by 20pc since the same time last year when 2,370 were in the queue, the HSE reported.

Adolescents from 15 years of age and upwards were most likely to attend the service, followed by 10- to 14-year-olds.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder accounted for one third of referrals.

Karol Balfe, Amnesty International Ireland's mental health campaign coordinator, said: "It is particularly encouraging to see an overall decrease in the waiting lists, an increase in the number of community mental health teams and the development of appropriate child and adolescent inpatient services.

"It is critical this forward momentum is maintained."

Irish Independent

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