Families affected by failures in mental health services will receive compensation – Varadkar


Families affected by problems in mental health services in Kerry will receive financial compensation, Leo Varadkar said.

Le Tanaiste also told the Dail that the cabinet would discuss details of a damning review of services next Tuesday.

A review of the care of more than 1,300 children who came to South Kerry Child and Young People’s Mental Health Service (Camhs) this week found that 46 children had suffered significant harm.

This is due to a systemic failure for many years of which we are all guilty, each one of usAlan Kelly

The HSE report found hundreds of children were receiving ‘at risk’ treatment by a doctor working on the ward.

Concerns raised about the doctor, who is not named in the report, prompted a review of services.

Labor Party leader Alan Kelly said the situation was not due to “one single rogue operator”.

He told the Dail: “This is due to a systemic failure for many years of which we are all guilty, each one of us.

“We’re going to have to manage this somehow.”

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Labor Party leader Alan Kelly (Niall Carson/PA)

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Labor Party leader Alan Kelly (Niall Carson/PA)

He asked Mr. Varadkar, “What are you going to do about the huge resource problems and resource shortages across the country?

“What process are you going to put in place to deal with the issue of compensation for these families?

The Tanaiste replied, “Don’t let me mince words. I have encountered a number of examples of failures in care and failures in our health service to provide the standard of care we expect for ourselves and our families.

“It’s really on the more severe end.

“What happened here is hard to accept, that there were huge failings of this nature involving children in particular.

“It just shouldn’t have happened and it should have been detected and identified much earlier, and it’s very concerning that we find ourselves talking about this and specifically that these families are going through what they’re going through right now.

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Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said there must be 'gradual change' in government (Niall Carson/PA)


Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said there must be ‘gradual change’ in government (Niall Carson/PA)

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Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said there must be ‘gradual change’ in government (Niall Carson/PA)

“The most important thing we need to do is get this right and that means making sure families and children affected get the services and support they need.

“There will be no financial impediments from the government when it comes to providing them with the services and supports they need.

“In terms of the details of the review, how it will work, the cabinet has not had a chance to discuss that yet, we will do that on Tuesday.

“I am sure there is a dire need to provide financial compensation to many affected families.”

Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said: “There needs to be a step change from the government, no more excuses.

“What we want is action, what we want is for the system to be fixed.”

On Wednesday Taoiseach Micheal Martin demanded a national audit of Camhs teams.

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