Preserve Mental Health Staffing – Irish Examiner, August 13, 2011

Orla’s letter to the Editor in the Irish Examiner calls on the Government to preserve mental health staffing levels at Budget 2011 levels. “What we must get away from is the notion that we cannot afford to have good mental health services. We cannot afford to have poor mental health services: Mental health difficulties cost the Irish economy around 2%, (approx €2.5 billion), of GNP annually.”

Moratorium must not be a blunt tool for cost cutting

Welcoming the launch of the Mental Health Commission’s Annual Report 2010, Mental Health Reform cautions the HSE against using the recruitment moratorium as a blunt tool. Mental health services have experienced a disproportionate loss of staff as a result of the public sector staff moratorium. 20% of posts lost in the HSE in 2010 were … Read more


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