Psychiatrist consultant believes HSE ignored advice on mental health services

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A retired former consultant psychiatrist has told Tipperary Mid West Radio that he believes the HSE took no heed of the advice of clinicians when the executive was reorganising services in Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary area.

Dr Alan Moore made the assertion after it emerged at the weekend that in June of last year a letter had been sent to the Minister for Mental Health at the time Kathleen Lynch, in which nine consultants expressed their concern at the high number of suicides in the Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary region and the management of mental health services in the area.

Dr Moore went on to say that the HSE initially  failed to respond to a letter  from consultants outlining their concerns at the end of 2012..

He said another letter was sent to the Minister who passed that letter to the HSE for response.  No action has yet been taken and Minister LYnch maintains that services are well provided for in the region. 

However Dr Moore said today that he feels the HSE ignored the input of clinicians when reorganising mental health services in the region.