Audit of CAMHS must be swift and thorough

26 January 2022

Labour Health spokesperson Duncan Smith has called for the promised nationwide audit of CAMHS services to be swift and thorough.  

Deputy Smith said:

“What has emerged from South Kerry is deeply concerning. It represents an absolute failure on behalf of the HSE and people must be held to account. 46 children suffered significant harm and 227 children at risk of significant harm. These children and their families don’t need a PR charm offensive from the Government and the HSE, they deserve answers. The long-term damage inflicted on vulnerable children is totally unacceptable and parents up and down the country are worried sick.

“The Taoiseach has promised a nationwide audit of CAMHS. This audit must be swift and thorough. It’s been 8 months since this first emerged. 35 recommendations were made by the review, letters of apology have issued from the HSE but what parents really want is real accountability.”

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