Reinstate HPV vaccine programme – Rally in Cork

On Wednesday December 10th at 6:30pm there will be a rally on Daunts Square which is being organised by
Harney must reinstate cervical cancer vaccine group on Facebook. There is also a candle light vigil at the same time outside the Dáil on the same day. Full details on the Facebook event page.

Meanwhile Gavin’s blog has an update on the strength of the facebook group.

It is over issues such as this, the breast cancer misdiagnoses and numorous other muck-ups in our health system that Mary Harney shold resign over, not some haircut paid for by FÁS.

Please come along next Wednesday and bring a camera!

Don’t forget their is an online petition!

Cervical Cancer Vaccination Programme

I have been following Redmum very closely on this issue has she has some excellent links and footage of Harneys statement in the Dail. She has some excellent posts which include links and ideas to try and change the Governments mind on this issue.

*HPV vaccination programme ‘put on hold’

*Email Harney photographs of your daughters

*Some more action on Cervical Cancer

She has also linked to a petition so please sign it!

Also Grandad has an excellent post on this issue and Mary Harney and the HSE in general which is also worth a read.

It is a shame that the Government have withdrawn this service and it should be reinstated.

"A Vision For Change" Budget not spent on Mental Health!

From my resaerch on the internet I came across this on the Schizophrenia Ireland Website. It turns out that the budget allocated to A Vision for Change was spent on other areas

Almost half of the budget allocated to the HSE in 2006 and 2007 to implement the mental health policy, A Vision for Change, has been spent on deficits in other areas, according to the Irish Mental Health Coalition (IMHC).

The HSE did set aside the €25 million each year, but then went ahead and spent it on other areas.

The HSE had the following excuse:

The balance of the funding from 2006 and 2007 was time delayed to address core deficits in existing Mental Health services

Bollocks says I. The money set aside was raided by the HSE to keep other things floating. Is that how earmarked money should be spent? This is an area that has suffered under investment for a long time and the HSE seams intent on ensuring it dosent get the investment.

I find my self completly agreeing with John Saunders, Chair of the IMHC

This situation is totally unacceptable. On the second anniversary of the plan it is clear it is floundering already due to a lack of Government commitment.

The Government has yet to set out an implementation plan two years into this programme.

Here are the IMHC recommendations:

• The HSE should finalise, adopt and publish an implementation plan for A Vision for Change as a matter of urgency. The plan should include explicit performance targets and indicators, timelines, and specific resource commitments across all recommendations in A Vision for Change

• The HSE should publish quarterly reports on progress in the implementation of A Vision for Change.

• The HSE should finalise the mental health catchment areas, and establish the mental health catchment area management teams.

• The Department of Health and Children and the HSE should publish an annual breakdown of capital and revenue spend (rather than allocation) in mental health, with spends on service expansions and improvements recommended in A Vision for Change clearly flagged.

• The provision of additional Child and Adolescent services and inpatient facilities must be implemented by the HSE in 2008.

The more I look into this the more annoyed I seam to get. Hopefully the Minister or Minister of State will respond later in the week.

IMHC PR: Massive under – spend on mental health by HSE revealed
Petition – Implemet Fully “A Vision for Change”

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