CALLS have been made for additional psychologists for mental health services in Cork to cater for the growing population.
Cork North Central TD Padraig O’Sullivan (FF) has claimed that 40 psychologists in a region of more than 550,000 people is not enough.
The Fianna Fáil TD has requested that the HSE facilitate the recruitment of additional psychologists for mental health services in Cork.
“There are only 16 team members on the psychology staffing for all of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in Cork and just 24 for the Adult Meath Health services team,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
“The Programme for Government pledges to increase supports of Mental Health services and I am asking the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to deliver this.
“Covid-19 and the long-term effects of this deadly disease will also include wide reaching mental health issues,” he added.
“It is important we have robust mental health supports in place to deal with this.”
Mr O’Sullivan explained he was “alarmed” to study a recent UNICEF report which showed Ireland has the fourth highest rate of teen suicide in the EU and the OECD with 10.3 per 100,000.
“Forty psychology staff for a county of Cork with a population of nearly 550,000 is just not enough,” he said.
“I will be bringing this to the attention of Minister Mary Butler and requesting that the HSE can facilitate recruiting of more psychologists immediately,” he concluded.