No funding has been provided for mental health services in Mayo, Roscommon or Galway this year under the HSE’s Winter Plan, and according to the Assistant General Secretary of FORSA, Galway based Padraig Mulligan, the situation is completely unacceptable.
The three counties received 18 million euro in total under the 2020 Winter plan that will result in 261 additional jobs across the three counties. But without a cent allocated to mental health services, Mr Mulligan says it gives a strong message from the top that “we will look after your physical health but we don’t care about your mental health”.
The HSE allocated the additional 18 million euro to this region under the Winter Plan to enhance services for the care of older people, people with a disability and care in the community. Forsa say the monies are very welcome, particularly after the pressure put on these services as a result of the pandemic, but no additional funding is being provided to the mental health services despite more people requiring support as a result of the same pandemic.
Speaking to Midwest News today Padraig Mulligan described the situation as a national disgrace and added that his members will not stand by and simply accept it.