The absolutely baffled reaction to the impending cuts to Ireland's mental health budget
"54 days since the election, probably 80 lives have been lost".
The Minister for Health has said that some funding for mental health services will be taken out of the 2016 budget, but will be transferred back in next year. Leo Varadkar has stated that money was set aside to provide 1,550 new staff for mental health services but that target was no longer realistic.
As many of you know, Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world and this decision by the government has provoked an angry outcry from concerned citizens.
Pause for thought. In the 54 days since the election probably 80 lives have been lost here - I hope mental health funding is on talks agenda
— Páraic Gallagher (@paraicgallagher) April 20, 2016
— Caitlín Uí Ceallaigh (@sanepolitico) April 20, 2016
The government proving again how out of touch it is. Our mental health services are in crisis and we're slashing the budget by a third!?
— Rachel O'Neill (@ronronzo) April 20, 2016
As a service user I would love to speak to Leo and tell him how important it is to have a properly resourced mental health service.
— Marie Duffy (@Donegalabu) April 20, 2016
Minister for health just announced that money to be spent creating 1500 mental health Jobs in Ireland,will now go to other areas.Gowl acting
— The Blindboy Podcast (@Rubberbandits) April 20, 2016
People will die if mental health spending here is cut. Ditto if we don't introduce medically supervised injecting rooms ASAP
— Stuart Clark (@stuartclark66) April 20, 2016
— Glenn Fitzpatrick (@glennthefitz) April 20, 2016
Plenty of JOE readers were incense at the news and they were happy to express their disgust on our Facebook page.
A petition has been set-up to prevent the reduction of the budget and you can sign it here.