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    Politicians from all parties joined mental health activists, economists, trade unions and NGOs in launching a campaign this week to protect mental health serviced in the December budget.

    While cuts have to be made, the reality is that mental health services have already been badly hit:
    The mental health budget is at its lowest level in modern history.

    Spending is down over 9 per cent in the last three years.

    More than half the jobs cut last year by the HSE were in mental health, but it is a tiny fraction of the health workforce.

    A campaign website has been set up at Warning: Serious Health Risk - Act now to protect mental health funding » Home Page where users can obtain more information, and can contact their local TDs.




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    Of course spending on mental health services should be protected - indeed they should be substantially increased.

    However, the campaign is starting from the wrong premise -
    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesty Ireland View Post
    While cuts have to be made,
    Cuts in public services - it is possible to bridge 10billion this year without cutting services or increasing taxes on working class people. To suggest cuts are necessary begs the question - what do you cut?

    So for those adopting this position, are you suggesting that services for special needs children should be cut? are you suggesting that funding for cyctic fibrosis sufferers? are you suggesting that services for cancer patients should be cut?

    By suggesting that cuts are necessary then you are opening the door to the neo-liberal austerity agenda of making working class people pay for the greed and avarice of the developers, bankers, spivs and speculators (when they are still creaming the wealth of the nation).

    I support this initiative but I do not support the idea that cuts are necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by making waves View Post
    Of course spending on mental health services should be protected - indeed they should be substantially increased.

    However, the campaign is starting from the wrong premise -


    Cuts in public services - it is possible to bridge 10billion this year without cutting services or increasing taxes on working class people. To suggest cuts are necessary begs the question - what do you cut?

    So for those adopting this position, are you suggesting that services for special needs children should be cut? are you suggesting that funding for cyctic fibrosis sufferers? are you suggesting that services for cancer patients should be cut?

    By suggesting that cuts are necessary then you are opening the door to the neo-liberal austerity agenda of making working class people pay for the greed and avarice of the developers, bankers, spivs and speculators (when they are still creaming the wealth of the nation).

    I support this initiative but I do not support the idea that cuts are necessary.
    Its all about building consensus - in two years time, when some schizophrenic sufferer is tied to a wall eating cold stewed apple thats thrown at him through a hole in the wall. His family will say - thank god they didn't cut back on restraints or he would have killed himself by now.

    The only thing we need to cut is our debt... and thats as easy as walking away from it.
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