HSE sued for over-medication of Kerry child attending mental health service

Coleman Legal has issued High Court medical negligence proceedings against the Health Service Executive (HSE) on behalf of a minor boy, claiming that he was prescribed both incorrect and excessive amounts of medication.

There are fears that a considerable number of children in South Kerry were prescribed doses of medication more suitable for adults than children, and that they may have suffered significant health issues in consequence. This is the first lawsuit to be taken in connection with those concerns.

Keith Rolls, a senior solicitor at Coleman Legal (South), confirmed to the Irish Independent that the firm has been contacted by, and is currently taking instructions from, a number of other families concerned about treatment received by their children.

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The HSE is reviewing the files of more than 1,500 patients who attended South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from 2016 to the end of last year. The review began on April 19 and is expected to take 16 weeks.

The issue was first discovered in the autumn of last year when a member of the South Kerry CAMHS team raised concerns about the care received by patients they were treating. A resulting sample review of 50 patients led to findings significant enough to prompt a full review. The matter was also referred to the Medical Council.

The full review is being led by Dr Sean Maskey, a consultant psychiatrist based in London. The HSE has said in a statement that Dr Maskey is providing independent expert oversight of the review process and that he will issue recommendations and findings to be published following the review’s conclusion.

The statement also noted that, if it comes to light during the course of the review that any child or young person is in need of immediate intervention or follow-up, they will be contacted directly.

A helpline has been set up with the number 1800 742 800 and is currently active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. In the period between its establishment in April and May 7, it received 84 calls.

How We Can Help ?

Coleman Legal have extensive experience in Medical Negligence specifically Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis (CAMHS) and their Kerry team are available to speak to the parents of the affected children in addition to patients who are now 18 years of age or older that may have been impacted by the misdiagnosis on the part of this HSE employee.

If you wish to speak to a Solicitor, please contact Keith Rolls on 1800 844 104 (Free Phone) or keith@colemanlegal.ie


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