29 October 2010

Mental Health Services in Clondalkin and Lucan Will Not Survive Another Cut – Fitzgerald.

Fine Gael senator for Clondalkin and Lucan, Frances Fitzgerald, has signed an open letter to the Dáil supporting a campaign to protect the mental health budget – often described as the ‘Cinderella’ of the health services – from further cuts in Budget 2011.

"Speaking at the event organised by Amnesty, Senator Fitzgerald voiced her ongoing concerns about mental health services being affected by bad government decisions.

“It would be unfair for anyone to cut an already weakened mental health service sector. Funding for such vital work is at its lowest level in recent memory. Over half of all Health Service Executive staff cuts last year were from mental health, but it makes up only nine per cent of the health workforce,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.
“During these difficult times, demand for mental health services rise. I worry that any further cuts would put an unbearable strain on such important services.
Senator Frances Fitzgerald concluded with a plea to the government ahead of the December budget.
“I would urge the Ministers for Finance and Health to protect mental health services in Budget 2011 and to protect the most vulnerable in society.”