The Irish Medical Organisation says the €25m allocated to mental-health services in yesterday’s Budget doesn’t go far enough.
The organisation is welcoming the extra money, but says it won’t make a huge difference to waiting lists.
Almost €8m has been specifically designated for the development of child and adolescent services, but the IMO says around €50m is needed to fully improve that service alone.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State with Responsibility for Mental Health says he is not happy with delays in treatment services for children.
Tim O’Malley was responding today to further questions arising out of last Monday night’s TV documentary on services for children with psychiatric problems.
He confirmed that he had been in contact with one of the families involved in the documentary and was trying to get services for them.
“I’m not satisfied and nobody could be satisfied with the inordinate delays and bureaucracy that they’ve had to go through,” he said.