South Kerry CAMHS Review

Coleman Legal, through their team in Tralee, Co. Kerry, has recently been contacted by parents of children who attend the South Kerry CAMHS related to misdiagnosis, medication mismanagement and deficits in care.

South Kerry CAMHS review

CAMHS South Kerry

In January 2022, the HSE published the Maskey Review into the care received by children and young people in South Kerry CAMHS between July 2016 and April 2021.

The report was commenced by the HSE following the reporting of serious concerns of a Consultant Psychiatrist about the treatment given by a Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor (NCHD). The consultant had raised their concerns immediately upon starting work with CAMHS South Kerry in 2020.

The report reported “unreliable diagnoses, inappropriate prescriptions and poor monitoring of treatment and potential adverse effects” which exposed many children unnecessarily to the risk of significant harm.

Significant harm was caused to 46 children and young people, including weight gain, sedation, elevated blood pressure and galactorrhea (the production of breast milk).

The report also found that a further 194 young people had been subjected to deficits in care. The HSE offered meetings to the 240 young people identified and issued written apologies.

The report also revealed that a significant volume of medical records were missing from the files maintained by South Kerry CAMHS.

The report was met with widespread shock and outrage. Parents that had entrusted the medical care of their vulnerable children to the HSE, only to discover that further harm had been caused to them, were left feeling angry and hurt.  Many young people had been utterly failed by those charged with treating and supporting them.

Coleman Legal medical negligence team

  • Our team of medical negligence solicitors has over 30 years of collective experience handling cases for those who have suffered due to medical misdiagnosis, medication mismanagement, deficits in care and medical negligence.
  • We are accredited as medical negligence specialists by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Law Society of Ireland.
  • AvMA, a nonprofit dedicated to patient safety and justice, has given Coleman Legal its seal of approval. On their website, they provide helpful advice on how to choose a specialised solicitor for your medical negligence claim, which may assist you in making your decision.

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Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis (CAMHS)

At Coleman Legal LLP, we have a team of highly qualified solicitors and legal executives with extensive experience in medical misdiagnosis, inappropriate prescribing, medication mismanagement and deficits in care.

We 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 negligence on the part of the HSE.

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