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.
In the meantime, journalists continue to speak to parents and children who detail what they consider the failings of the CAMHS service in areas like Wexford and Dublin.
About the authors: Avril Scally, Head of Medical Negligence and Nicholas Moore, Medical Negligence Solicitor.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Report in South Kerry prompts “full audit nationwide”