February 19, 2024
Sodium Valproate (Epilim) Inquiry
In November 2020, the Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly, announced that an inquiry would take place into the historical licensing and use of the epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate (also...
The government have announced that a review of all CAMHS facilities will be carried out across the county following the report on the south Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service published last week.
The Mental Health Commission confirmed that the Inspector of mental health services Dr. Susan Finnerty will conduct the review.
The report which prompted the review found that 227 children whose cases were managed by a junior doctor, were exposed to a serious risk of harm by way of sedation, emotional and cognitive blunting, growth disturbance and serious weight changes. The report also found “clear evidence” of significant harm being caused to 46 children.
Minister for Mental Health, Mary Butler has committed to a “non-adversarial scheme” for compensation for the families affected by the report. Mary Butler went on to say that the details of the scheme will be confirmed without delay.
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