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GPs’ access to mental health services ‘inadequate’

By Mindo - 05th Aug 2015 | 5 views

The survey by mental health organisation GROW also found that 89 per cent of respondents believe the Government is not doing enough to support community-based mental health services.

The online survey, conducted in July, had 178 respondents including GROW members, GPs and members of the public

Ms Michele Kerrigan, CEO of GROW, said: “While I am sure Minister [Kathleen] Lynch might argue this is only a very small sample size in this survey, I can assure her had it been larger these results would be no different.

“It is a clear statement from those suffering from mental health issues that while this current Government might believe it has done a lot for mental health, that opinion is not shared by those on the ground.”

She added: “If this Government does not wake up to the fact that community based mental health services are in trouble, we will be facing another crisis similar to that in homelessness and A&E recently, and in this case lives will be lost also.”

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