Health

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Inquiry into death of patient at psychiatric unit

Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch has responsibility for mental health. Photo: Tom Burke
Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch has responsibility for mental health. Photo: Tom Burke

A PROBE into a patient death at the largest psychiatric unit in the west is under way amid complaints about safety and care standards.

Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch confirmed yesterday an internal inquiry into the tragic death of the patient at University College Hospital Galway was under way in line with regular protocols. However, she said she believes the acute mental health services at University College Hospital Galway are being delivered safely.

Health and Safety Authority officers have been asked to inspect the unit following a detailed complaint about conditions by a senior staff member.

The complaint outlines the recent tragic suicide of a patient who absconded from the unit and the 'near-miss' of another patient who also absconded.

Responding to claims by Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney, the minister said the number of beds has increased to 45.

Irish Independent

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