Distraught parents fighting to receive essential Autism services and CAMHS services for their children

Caseload for Sligo-Leitrim is clearly to large for one psychiatrist

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Deputy Martin Kenny

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/Leitrim, Martin Kenny, met with a group of distraught parent's in Sligo this morning who are fighting to receive essential Autism services and CAMHS services for their children.

The meeting heard of how their children have been let down by the HSE and are just moving through the system without receiving the services they require.

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Kenny told the Leitrim Observer; "The personal stories from parents here this morning are truly heartbreaking, parents are distraught in trying to get essential therapy services for their children. It is clear from listening to these families that they are having to fight tooth and nail for every appointment and assessment that their children need.

"There is not the resources there that is needed to provide an adequate service to these children. It is not acceptable for children to be waiting months for an assessment and then having to wait up to 2 years to see a therapist or a psychiatrist.

"We need to recruit more therapists and psychiatrists in Sligo and Leitrim. The child psychiatrist resigned last week and was only in the position four months. I also understand the previous child psychiatrist was only in the position a few months and during their time they were on sick leave due to stress from the job."

Deputy Kenny said the caseload for Sligo-Leitrim is clearly to large for one psychiatrist and we need to recruit at least two people in order to reduce waiting lists. Children also are not receiving the proper level of care if their psychiatrist or therapist is constantly changing and the type of treatment is also changing, he stressed.

"I and the parents of these children want to be as helpful as possible to work with the HSE to ensure that adequate and appropriate services are in place immediately. I intend to seek a meeting with senior management in the HSE as soon as possible to discus resolving this issue," he said.