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...
On Tuesday, the 19th of April, Junior Minister for Mental Health, Mary Butler, announced that a compensation scheme for the families affected by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) facilities in South Kerry will proceed and that this was signed off by Cabinet last week.
The scheme has been introduced as a result of the report prepared by Dr. Sean Maskey into the CAMHS Facility. The Maskey report was published in January 2022. The report examined the treatment of over 1,300 children and young adults and found that 240 adolescents received incorrect treatment, 46 of which were caused significant harm.
Ms Butler commented that she will not pre-empt what each individual will receive and indicated that compensation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The families involved can apply to the scheme through their appointed solicitor.
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