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Neville, Dan

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2008 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I welcome the Bill, which has been in gestation for seven years, and the Minister of State's decision to progress it. ECT is a controversial issue and, in that respect, the removal of the "unwilli...More Button

ECT is a medical procedure in which an electric current is passed briefly through the brain via electrodes applied to the scalp to induce generalised seizure activity, as we often do not understa...More Button

It is the considered opinion of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland that ECT is an important and necessary treatment for various serious psychiatric conditions, most commonly severe depressio...More Button

ECT has a bad image. In some ways, this is due to a misunderstanding, but it is also down to overtreatment or, in some people's words, the misuse or abuse of ECT. It raises anxiety and fear in ...More Button

We must inform people of all aspects of mental health and reduce stigma. Like many of those aspects, we need the general public to be informed about ECT so that, when it is proposed by the psych...More Button

Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2008 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (Continued)

I welcome the passage of the Bill. The removal of the word "unwilling" is very welcome. Now, the term is "willing." This involves consultation in all aspects of the treatment of patients with men...More Button

There has been an approach over the decades in the psychiatric profession to the effect that they know everything and they should decide what happens without consultation. Let us consider any ge...More Button

Illness Benefit Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection: the status of a claim under the illness benefit scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button