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Mayor of Kenmare MD calls for HSE CEO to meet council representatives

Jan 28, 2022 18:01 By radiokerrynews
Mayor of Kenmare MD calls for HSE CEO to meet council representatives Mayor of Kenmare MD calls for HSE CEO to meet council representatives
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The Mayor of the Kenmare Municipal District has called for the CEO of the Health Service Executive to meet with Kerry County Council representatives to explain the lapse in care that was recorded in the South Kerry CAMHS report.

In an emergency motion at the Kenmare Municipal District meeting, Cllr Michael Cahill said that the HSE needs to address how it will prevent such events from happening again.

In a separate emergency motion, councillors called for a State apology for the families affected.

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Branded one of the most scandalous incidents to ever happen to the county at the Kenmare MD meeting, the South Kerry CAMHS report was the first issue addressed with two emergency motions relating to the report proposed by four different councillors.

In his emergency motion, Cllr Michael Cahill proposed that HSE CEO Paul Reid meet with the executive to reassure the council that the review into the treatment of children under South Kerry CAMHS care is treated as a priority and that such events will never happen again.

In a joint motion from councillors Norma Moriarty, John Francis Flynn and Patrick connor Scarteen, councillors proposed that every possible resource be put in place to ensure a functioning CAMHS service, a more robust referral process and the recruitment of necessary personnel to compliment the work of the consultant psychiatrist South Kerry has yet to secure.

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Speaking on the joint motion, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen said a State apology should be provided for all families who, he says, were failed greatly and are facing the chaotic consequences of a disgraced service.

Cllr Norma Moriarty suggested that scholarships are awarded to those who intend to enter the psychiatry sector on the premises that they will commit to locating in peripheral counties on qualification, adding that the county cannot accept the notion that rural location will result in sub-standard care.

She also said that redress for the families must be non-adversarial.

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Councillors agreed that every one of the 35 recommendations must be realised as a matter of priority.

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