HSE REPORT AWAITED INTO INVESTIGATION AT SOUTH KERRY CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (CAMHS)
Posted in [Blog] on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Our firm has recently received a number of enquires from concerned parents of young people who have attended South Kerry CAMHS. In summary, concerns arose (via a whistle blower as I understand it) about the appropriateness of the care afforded to some young people attending South Kerry CAMHS and in particular, about the possibility that some may have been over prescribed medication. On foot of these concerns, the HSE decided to review the treatment of these young people who attended South Kerry CAMHS between July 2016 and April 2021. While I understand that the review is complete and it involved the reviewing the files of upwards of 1,500 young people, the report has not yet issued, but is expected to issue sometime in late November/December 2021.
In the last number of weeks, a number of the children’s parents were invited to meet with the HSE to discuss the care provided to their children. At these meetings, our clients tell us that there were admissions made in respect of the failings in the care and they were advised to get legal advice.
I would strongly advise anyone affected to contact a solicitor with experience in medical negligence. Medical Negligence is a specific and difficult area. If there was inappropriate care and treatment afforded to your child, and as a consequence of that inappropriate treatment he/she suffered injury, he/she may well have a personal injuries claim against the HSE. However, in order to successfully prosecute such a claim, appropriate expert doctors must confirm that there was negligence and that the negligence caused over and above injury.
Depending on the contents of the review report, it may be the case that the HSE will put some form of redress scheme in place. Your Solicitor can advise you as to the appropriateness of any such scheme.
There are time limits within which to bring personal injury actions here in Ireland. The general rule is proceedings must issue within two years from the date of the negligence. There are exceptions, one of them being where the injured person is a minor (under the age of 18) and I understand that this is the case with the young people affected here and so the two years will not begin to run until the day they turns 18.
The investigation of any medical negligence case however is timely and a number of steps are involved to include the taking up of records from treating practitioners and there can be lengthy delays in the releasing of these records so I would advise those concerned to consult with a Solicitor sooner rather than later.
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Jody is a Partner in our Litigation Department.
Having graduated from University College Cork in 2009, Jody completed his apprenticeship with a top litigation defence firm in Cork City and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.
Prior to joining Cantillons Solicitors in 2016, Jody worked for a leading Dublin firm, specialising in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. There he gained valuable experience in defending and prosecuting high end, large scale commercial disputes before the Commercial Court.