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...
An interim report published by the Inspector of Mental Health Services has highlighted that children and young adults have been lost to follow up care within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team.
In one CAMHS team, Dr Finnerty found there were 140 “lost” cases. While not identified in the report, the 140 open cases are known to be in the community health area (CHO) which covers Clare, Limerick and north Tipperary.
These cases involved children and young adults who engaged with the CAMHS service but did not have any further appointments scheduled for up to two years. Some cases involved individuals that had reached their 18th Birthday with no planning, discharge, transition or advice in relation to medication.
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