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78 fewer mental health professionals in Northwest than 10 years ago

first_imgThere are 78 fewer professionals working in mental health services across the HSE region CHO1 than ten years ago new figures show.The local HSE Area, which covers counties Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo, has seen the number of full-time posts within mental health services being reduced from 1,032 in 2009 down to just 954 as of July this year.Deputy Pearse Doherty said the figures illustrate the complete disregard the government has for people with mental health problems. He added the shocking figures come amidst an ongoing recruitment and retention crisis with some 700 vacancies in mental health services alone across the state.Deputy Doherty said “These figures which reveal that there are today 78 fewer full-time staff employed within local Community based mental health services here in the northwest region compared to the same period ten years ago is beyond comprehension.“As a local elected representative, I am constantly being contacted by families who share stories of loved ones who are being let down by gaps in the service, often citing a lack of community and after hours care and support.“And despite the best efforts of our hard working frontline staff, these latest figures clearly show that local mental health services here in Donegal and neighbouring counties are chronically understaffed and under resourced. “The data illustrates that while for the majority of HSE regions there have been an increase, albeit a modest one, in the number of staff working within mental health services, CHO1 – which includes Donegal – is one of the areas where staffing levels are lower than they were back in 2009.“It’s no surprise that a recent Mental Health Commission report was damning in its criticism of how problems such as poor hygiene within mental health units, as well as inadequate staffing were undermining patients’ rights and called on the government to make significant steps to address these issues.“This is why, prior to the summer recess, Sinn Féin tabled and won support for amendments to a Dáil motion which called on both the government and the HSE to produce a real plan aimed at improving patient care and at providing support to staff and all those working within mental health services.“Our amendments included demands that the post of National Director for Mental Health be reinstated, that an information system for mental health services be developed, and for the government to commit to not implementing a freeze on recruitment or overtime for essential staff.“However, the government continues to drag its heels on taking steps towards improving services for those living with mental health difficulties and – as we’ve seen all too many times before – patients here in Donegal continue to suffer disproportionately due to Fine Gael’s health policies.” 78 fewer mental health professionals in Northwest than 10 years ago was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Round-up: Zouma’s pledge, QPR youngster’s loan deal, Chelsea defender wanted, Faurlin fitness race

first_imgKurt Zouma has pledged to return “stronger than ever” after the Chelsea defender’s season was ended by a knee injury.Zouma was stretchered off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United and a scan has subsequently revealed he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said the German club are keen to sign on-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on a permanent deal.Christensen is highly thought of at ChelseaThe Daily Mail have since claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have been monitoring the Dane but say Chelsea will block any attempt to sign him.QPR midfielder Alejando Faurlin is optimistic he will be available for Saturday’s derby against Fulham despite an ongoing thigh problem.The R’s have agreed to extend youngster Darnell Furlong’s loan at Cambridge United until next month.Furlong has impressed while on loan in League TwoBrentford’s recent signing Emmanuel Onariase featured as the Bees’ development side drew 1-1 with Ipswich at Griffin Park.In snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould is celebrating the first ranking title of his career after he beat rising star Luca Brecel 9-5 at the German Masters.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles responded to last week’s defeat by Cambridge by beating Manchester 39-25.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Bengals hand Raiders 30-16 loss

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 10 a.m. when the Raiders face the struggling Bengals in Cincinnati.The Raiders (3-10) are hoping for their first two-game winning streak of the season as the Bengals (5-8) are one loss away from their third straight losing season.Derek Carr, who has thrown for 3,434 yards and 18 touchdowns, has been one of the biggest reasons why the Raiders have played better recently. The quarterback’s game-winning touchdown pass was also the reason …last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from England

first_imgWayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard will be the key for England in the World CupGoing into the 2012 European Championship with England, coach Roy Hodgson had only a few weeks from being appointed to taking a squad to the tournament.The two years since then have allowed Hodgson to implement his own plans, but he will head into the World Cup still relying on a core group of veterans alongside some fresh talent.Here are five England players to watch:WAYNE ROONEYWayne Rooney, the one truly world class striker in the England squad, has yet to deliver at a World Cup, failing to score in 2006 and 2010.But with 38 goals in 89 international matches, Rooney is only 11 from matching Bobby Charlton’s England record.A relief for England coach Roy Hodgson is that the Manchester United striker has settled his club future going into the World Cup by signing a new contract. A concern for Hodgson is just how Rooney might be affected by United’s lackluster season by the time he gets to Brazil.”He has got a difficult job on his hands because they’ve had a disappointing season,” Hodgson said.STEVEN GERRARDAs the team’s leader, Steven Gerrard is an automatic starter, and rightly so.”Magisterial” is how England coach Roy Hodgson views a player who remains as influential at 33 but realistically facing one final shot at the World Cup.”He is a world-class dead-ball specialist and physically, in that role where you need to move from side-to-side to block spaces,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said.advertisementThriving in a deeper role with rejuvenated Liverpool, Gerrard will come up against the master in that position in the World Cup opener: Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo.Gerrard will match David Beckham’s record of 115 appearances for an England outfield player by playing in the three warm-up matches and three group stage games.JOE HARTThe 2010 World Cup will be remembered in England for goalkeeper Robert Green allowing Clint Dempsey’s long-range strike to slip through his hands.In 26-year-old Joe Hart, England coach Roy Hodgson has a more reliable stopper between the posts, despite mishaps seeing him dropped by Manchester City for a time this season.The blunders were uncharacteristic for one of England’s most reliable performers at the 2012 European Championship.”He made a couple of mistakes in (City) games, his coach decided to leave him out, but luckily he’s come back and played well,” Hodgson said.ASHLEY COLEAshley Cole’s first challenge will be making the squad.If Hodgson retains his faith in the 33-year-old left back, the World Cup will be the time to deploy such an experienced tournament player with 107 appearances despite no longer being first-choice for Chelsea.”I’m a great admirer of him,” England coach Roy Hodgson said. “He’s been unbelievably good, and very fit – right at the top of the running statistics – so there’s no question about his fitness.”Leighton Baines, though, would have grounds to be disappointed if he can’t displace Cole after an impressive season for Everton, while 18-year-old Southampton player Luke Shaw also looked comfortable at left back on his England debut in the draw with Denmark in March.ADAM LALLANAEngland coach Roy Hodgson sprang a surprise by calling up Adam Lallana for the November friendlies against Chile and Germany, and the versatile attacking midfielder retained his place in the squad for the draw with Denmark in March.Not only should the 25-year-old Lallana make the World Cup squad but, if he maintains his lively goal-scoring form for Southampton, is a strong contender to start for England and provide an element of unpredictability the team desperately needs in Brazil.last_img read more