On January 26th 2022, the HSE published the Maskey Review into the care received by children and young people at South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health services between July 2016 and April 2021.
The full report and other documentation prepared to update the young people and families involved are available below:
Note: The Easy Read version of the Executive Summary respects the Inclusion Europe easy-to-read guidelines and carries the European Easy to Read Logo. It is intended to make the report summary accessible to all audiences.
The review found that the care received by 240 young people did not meet the standards which it should have, and the HSE has apologised to these young people and their families.
Dr Seán Maskey found “unreliable diagnoses, inappropriate prescriptions and poor monitoring of treatment and potential adverse effects” which exposed many children unnecessarily to the risk of significant harm.
The report also details that significant harm was caused to 46 children and young people, including weight gain; sedation; elevated blood pressure and galactorroea (the production of breast milk).
We have sincerely apologised to the 46 young people and their families, and we wish to repeat this apology publicly here.
HSE officials and clinicians offered meetings to all 240 of the young people who did not receive the care they should have. We have apologised in writing to those affected, we apologised in person at meetings and today we sincerely repeat this apology.
The Kerry CAMHS information line remains open on 1800 742 800
Compensation Scheme – Cork Kerry CAMHS
FAQ Compensation Scheme (PDF, 154 KB, 3 pages)
Terms of Reference for Compensation Scheme (PDF, 124 KB, 4 pages)