Monday 5 December 2016

Shortage of psychiatrists

Published 16/05/2015 | 02:30

Some teams in the child and adolescent mental health services are now seriously under-staffed
Some teams in the child and adolescent mental health services are now seriously under-staffed

A recent campaign to recruit child psychiatrists received no applicants, according to the HSE.

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Some teams in the child and adolescent mental health services are now seriously under-staffed.

The latest figures show that 1,724 children are waiting over three months to be seen.

The HSE said that all cases are triaged and urgent cases seen as a priority while those deemed to be routine are placed on a waiting list to be seen.

Many of these urgent cases are seen within days.

Seven in 10 young people whose referrals were accepted were seen within 12 weeks.

Irish Independent

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