FF: Minister must deal with suicide crisis

The Government is being urged to listen to the advice of frontline staff who have expressed serious concern over the clinical management of the Carlow-Kilkenny / South Tipperary mental health services.

It emerged at the weekend that nine consultant psychiatrists withdrew confidence in the clinical management of the mental health services there, in a letter to Minister with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch last year.

The consultants said their concerns about the high level of suicides were being ignored by the HSE.

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on health, Deputy Colm Keaveney said the Minister needs to deal with the crisis of suicide.

"All over this country, we are facing a critical public health crisis, and that is death by suicide," he said.

"The Minister has failed to protect budgets to ensure a cogent and coherent suicide strategy for this country and embedded in that we should have a modern public health strategy on mental health services."

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