ADMITTANCE OF CHILDREN TO ADULT WARDS ‘UNACCEPTABLE’ – COMMISSION

44 children were admitted to adult mental health services in the first 5 months of the year.

That compares to 36 admissions for the same period in 2016.

The Mental Health Commission says a possible reason for the increase is a reduced number of beds for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, due to a shortage of personnel.

The commission says admitting children to adult services is completely unacceptable.

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