Friday 16 November 2018

Call for u-turn on mental health bed closures at UHW

COUNCILLORS voted to write to the Ireland East health group (formerly the HSE) about the decision to reduce the number of beds at the acute psychiatric unit at University Hospital Waterford from 14 to six.

Labour Cllr George Lawlor was successful in having an emergency motion passed on the matter.

He said: 'We should express in the strongest possible terms our opposition to this and for the immediate provision of acute beds in County Wexford. We were assured in the past that a 14 bed unit would be sufficient but it's far from sufficient for patient safety.'

It was announced last week that the hospital was going to keep ten beds available to psychiatric patients on a temporary basis.

Cllr Lawlor suggested that the council write to the Ireland East health group about the matter.

Cllr Tony Dempsey seconded the motion, while Cllr Willie Kavanagh said the council should write to the Mental Health Commission on the matter.

Cllr Lawlor's motion was unanimously passed.

Wexford People

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