National Health Authority issues mental health report.

The National Disability Authority say mental health services are under funded and of poor quality. The NDA which is the governments own statutory agency has issued a report in which it describes the level of quality and services available to mental patients as unacceptable. However a spokesperson for the NDA says that the Southern Health Board is one of the few regions that have a good mental health service.The National Disability Authority has reported that there is considerable variation in the level of services provided by health boards across the country. The Southern Health Board splits its mental health service into 5 catchment teams, 4 in Cork and one in Kerry. The board is to provide approximately 82 million euro for the provision of mental health services.Its aims for the coming year include the development of a 6 bedded highObservation area at Tralee General and to continue the progress made on a 30 place dementia unit in the Killarney area. Monitoring of the plan will be done on a monthly and quarterly basis. Nationally despite an overall increase in funding to 1.7 billion euro last year the NDA found there was a considerable proportion with disabilities who were receiving no aid or assistance from health services around the country.

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