Social Democrat councillor Paul Mulville has highlighted delays to the new National Forensic Mental Health Solutions Healthcare Facility at Portrane to at least the 3rd quarter of this year as a result of staffing concerns, creates Rachel Cunningham.
In November last, Health and wellness Minister Stephen Donnelly asserted that the facility would certainly be handed over to the HSE in December, with an expected opening time of March or April of this year.
The HSE’s General Manager of Mental Health And Wellness Solutions, Thomas O’Brien, has actually stated that the brand-new Portrane facility, which will certainly replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, was not formally handed over to the HSE’s Administration Team of the Central Mental Hospital up until March of this year. It is currently being outfitted and a period of testing and training is being carried out. Mr O’Brien has actually confirmed that the HSE does not expect to have sufficient staff to open up the brand-new center up until the third quarter of the year.
Cllr. Melville commented: “This hold-up is indicative of the lack of resources invested in psychological health services by this federal government. In spite of the mental health and wellness crisis that has actually been triggered by the pandemic, there has been a 1 percent decrease in the overall share of the wellness budget designated to mental health services this year.”
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