File photo: Naas Hospital.
The Lakeview Unit at Naas Hospital needs more funding, according to Kildare South TD, Fiona O’ Loughlin.
She will be highlighting the matter during a Dáil debate on the future of mental health services, which is scheduled for this evening. Fianna Fail has put down a motion calling for increased spending in the sector.
“I will particularly be calling for an increase in funding for Lakeview Unit in Naas General Hospital to ensure that both services and infrastructure in this unit are upgraded to service the people of Kildare adequately. We cannot continue to expect voluntary organisations to pick up the slack in this area,” she said.
“Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to set out how exactly it intends on achieving full implementation of the country’s mental health strategy. We have made it clear that mental health spending can’t be put on the back burner, so it’s time for Fine Gael and their Independent colleagues to spell out their plan for mental health services.”
She said one key measure, which the party wants to see, is the introduction of a multi-annual plan for the development of mental health services.
“Currently the Government allocates funding to mental health on a year to year basis. This is preventing long term planning and development from taking place. Instead there should be a multi-annual plan so that our mental health services can be developed with certainty,” she concluded.