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Children's mental health care concerns.

THE admission of children and adolescents to adult mental health units remains a totally unacceptable but common feature in Ireland.

The Mental Health Commission's 2016 annual report, which was published yesterday, showed a 29.2% drop in such admissions last year compared to 2015, but figures for 2017 to the end of May show a continuing increase. In the first five months of 2017 there were 44 child admissions to adult units compared to 36 for the same period in 2016.

Commission chair John Saunders said: "The fact the MHC was notified of 68 admissions of children and adolescents to adult mental health units in 2016 shows a stark failure to abide by established policy."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2017
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