Minister says interim solution may be needed for Roscommon psychiatric services

Sunday 23 June 2013 22.01
Minister Kathleen Lynch says an interim solution may been needed
Minister Kathleen Lynch says an interim solution may been needed

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has said that the Government may have to put an immediate interim solution in place to address concerns about Roscommon's psychiatric unit.

Speaking to RTÉ's This Week programme, the minister of state at the Department of Health said Professor Harry Kennedy in the Central Mental Hospital has also agreed to help with advice on reconfiguring Roscommon services, and she called on staff to cooperate with the roll out of the vision of change policy.

Ms Lynch said there were sufficient resources and staffing in place but there were difficulties with the re-location and re-allocation of staff.

The minister added that there were too many psychiatric beds in the Galway-Roscommon area.

She said difficulties had arisen as a result of closing down larger, older psychiatric services.

The minister’s comments come following a number of incidents at the psychiatric unit in Roscommon County Hospital, including the death of a 38-year-old mother of twins and a series of assaults.

Roscommon TD Denis Naughton has called for an independent audit of all psychiatric services in Roscommon and Galway.

Deputy Naughton said an independent audit should be published so people can see exactly what's going on in psychiatric hospitals.