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Call for CAMHS dietician to address rise in eating disorders

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Independent TD Verona Murphy.

Independent TD Verona Murphy.

Independent TD Verona Murphy.

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The increasing prevalence of child eating disorders urgently warrants a full-time paediatric dietician as part of the CAMHS Wexford teams, according to Independent TD Verona Murphy.

Addressing An Taoiseach on the Dail floor on Wednesday, Deputy Murphy raised the urgent need for a whole time paediatric dietician for Wexford CAMHS units north and south.

“Having initially raised the acute need for a paediatric dietician as part of both the CAMHS Wexford teams over 12 months ago, no progress on an appointment has been made,” Deputy Murphy said.

In a follow up query to the HSE last month, she was informed that a vacancy for a dietician in Wexford has been advertised through the National Panel but to date no candidates have accepted this post.

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"The post being advertised is for a half time equivalent, however, given the exponential increases in the teenage population both male and female being diagnosed with anorexia, I have called for a full review of child dietary services for CAMHS Wexford to ensure the provision for a whole time dietician to support the children and families of Wexford.”

She said: “It is fundamental to managing mental health that we need to match the clinical staffing requirement with the growing needs in society. The prevalence of eating disorders in young children and teenagers throughout our communities is growing at an alarming rate and is an issue of extreme concern and worry for parents and families.

"Families are crying out for help for their children and again and again there is no response, no actions from the HSE. It is simply unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.”


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