THE Government's implementation of the blueprint to improve mental health services has been slow and inconsistent, says a national watchdog, writes Eilish O'Regan.
The Mental Health Commission said too many patients were still in old-style psychiatric institutions. Speaking on the Vision for Change plan, chairman John Saunders said the aim of the policy was to shift services away from outdated institutions.
"The putting in place of supports required for delivering effective and modern care in the community is slow," he said.
The Commission said progress was being hampered by the public service moratorium and cutbacks.