Is lack of devolved government slowing reform in Northern Ireland’s health services?
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has acknowledged it must do better after publication of a highly critical report into children’s mental health services.
The report by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People describes a system under pressure with lengthy waiting times, unacceptable care at crisis points, and an over-reliance on medication.
Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma said that Northern Ireland was delivering yesterday’s services for today’s children, and called for urgent reform.
A health department spokesperson said it was a timely and important piece of work and that the department and senior health and social care leaders were committed to delivering real change.
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