LOUISE Bayliss, the woman who lost her job after exposing the plight of mental health patients locked into a unit in Grangegorman over Christmas, was reinstated by her employers this morning.
Bayliss was told last week that her contract was being terminated with immediate effect with the Irish Advocacy Network, who acts on behalf of people with mental health issues. She was on a six month trial and was told the decision was made in consultation with the HSE.
Ms Bayliss from Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, spoke out in December on Liveline after she discovered that female patients at St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital, Grangegorman, north Dublin, were being moved to a "lock-up" ward for Christmas.
But after her story appeared in the media, Ms Bayliss wasn't allowed to return to the HSE wards as an advocate worker on behalf of mentally ill patients.
Last week she was told she had lost her job with the IAN, which is part-funded by the HSE.
Ms Bayliss had three months left on her contract with IAN but she said the organisation told her it did not have the time to train her any more and she would no longer be required. She said a manager in the advocacy network told her the HSE no longer wanted her on wards in hospitals, something the HSE strongly denies. She went on Liveline again last Thursday when she discovered her contract was terminated.
However this morning she was joined at Leinster House by Fine Gael's Derek Keating who had campaigned on her behalf where she announced that she had been reinstated to her post today.
She insisted she had no second thoughts about any of her actions on exposing what happened in the unit:
“I don’t regret it,” she said, adding: “I would do it again.”