Fewer than 10% of the staff required to run the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services nationally are currently in place.
That’s according to figures released to Fianna Fáil by the HSE.
A recruitment taskforce has already been set up for CAMHS in Kerry and Cork; most recent figures show it has the highest number of minors waiting for an appointment at 747.
Waterville Cllr Norma Moriarty, who’s a Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, says young people in Kerry are being let down by staff shortages in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
She says Kerry children and young adults with disabilities, in need of mental health services, are suffering unnecessarily as a result of these staff shortages.