Press Release

Minister Lynch welcomes publication of the Mental Health Commission’s Annual Report 2014

Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State for Primary, Social Care (Disabilities and Older People) and Mental Health today, Friday 12th June 2015, welcomed the publication of the Mental Health Commission Annual Report for 2014, which includes the Report of the Inspector of Mental Health Services.

Minister Lynch said “The era of mental health care provided in large Victorian hospitals is almost at an end.  Only four of these hospitals remain and they will be closed  within the next two years. The number of children admitted to adult wards continues to fall, with 89 admissions to such wards in 2014 compared to 98 in 2013. We need to be constantly vigilant and to sustain our efforts to keep reducing these admissions.  The HSE has recently re-focused various initiatives to achieve further improvement.”

The Minister said that although regulatory compliance has risen steadily over the years, it is very disappointing that in 2014 compliance with a number of Articles and Codes has fallen. She expressed particular disappointment that only 41% of Approved Centres were compliant with the Article relating to Care Plans.

“A  patient-centred recovery oriented service is meaningless unless each person has an individual Care and Treatment Plan, to which he or she has had an input. I have asked the HSE to provide me with an outline of how they intend to reach  a minimum of compliance in 75% of Approved Centres for next year. In respect of the other areas highlighted by the Commission where less than 79% of approved centres are compliant, I have asked the HSE to achieve a minimum 10% improvement in the coming year.”

The Minister continued “In line with the Programme for Government, my priority as Minister has been to modernise our mental health services. Notwithstanding the severe resource constraints in recent years, this government has provided new resources to underpin implementation of A Vision for Change. Since 2012, the Government has provided an additional €125 million and some 1,150 posts to develop these services.”

The Minister acknowledged the commitment of the staff working in the mental health service and commended the Mental Health Commission for its continued commitment to the development and improvement of the services.