Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD met with Tony Canavan, HSE Chief Officer CHO2 on Monday afternoon to discuss implementation plans for the 27 recommendations of the Roscommon Mental Health Service review.
Mr. Canavan gave Minister Daly an update on some of the progress that has been made to date. Minister Daly noted that engagement with staff representatives and other interested parties remains ongoing and that every effort is being made to ensure that their concerns are taken on board by the implementation committee.
The Minister asked to be provided with regular updates on the actions being implemented. It is of critical importance that the mental health service in Roscommon is modernised in keeping with the provisions of Vision for Change, he said.
Minister Daly added: “The implementation of the 27 recommendations from the review will go a long way towards improving all aspects of mental health services in Roscommon, and I look forward to positive and constructive updates on the plan.”
Local politicians have called on Minister Daly to ensure that the recommendations are implemented without delay.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Eugene Murphy highlighted the fact that over €17 million was returned to the HSE by Roscommon Mental Health Services at a time when mental health services in County Roscommon were “crying out for funding.”
Calling for services in Roscommon to be overhauled, Deputy Murphy said: “I would urge Minister Daly to implement the recommendations. It is vital that what happened in Roscommon is not replicated in other areas across the country.
“I don’t want to be back in the Dáil chamber in six or nine months time talking about more tragedies – we need the funding to be put back into the mental health services in County Roscommon,” he said.
Minister Denis Naughten said that Minister Daly has given him a commitment that the Report on the Mental Health Services in Roscommon will be implemented.
Denis Naughten spoke with Minister Daly in advance of his meetings on Monday in Roscommon with the HSE on the actions to be taken as a result of the report.
Minister Daly has committed to briefing Denis Naughten on the outcome from these meetings.
This issue was previously raised at Cabinet by Minister Naughten. Minister Naughten says: “I made it clear that all the recommendations contained in the review must be implemented in full.”
Senator Maura Hopkins also called for implementation of the recommendations without delay.