Updated: 14/05/18 : 14:22:14Printable Version
Official figures show that the number of children and young people waiting over a year to see the state's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) increased by 10% between February and March.
reports that the HSE figures were obtained by Fianna Fáil's Mental Health Spokesperson James Browne who described the increase as alarming.Mr Browne predicted that the overall waiting list for the service will far exceed 3,000 before the year's end if the current trend continues.
Mr Browne received the latest CAMHS data in response to a parliamentary question.
It shows that between February and March this year, the number of children waiting over 12 months for an appointment increased from 350 to 386.
Overall, there were 2,691 waiting for appointments last March, a 4% increase on the previous month.Mr Browne said the situation is unacceptable and shows that the Government's mental health strategy is floundering principally because of staff shortages.
Meanwhile, latest figures show that Galway University Hospital has the largest inpatient, day case and outpatient waiting lists in the country, with nearly 50,000 patients waiting.