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Saturday 7 December 2019

HSE spends €1,000 a day on security for patient

Gordon Deegan

The bill for 24-hour security for one male patient at an acute psychiatric unit now exceeds €600,000 -- and is still rising at €1,000 a day.

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed that it was now spending €1,000 per day on security for the 35-year-old patient, who was first admitted to the psychiatric unit of Ennis General Hospital in July 2008.

The HSE confirmed that last year it spent €378,175 on security for the man and this followed €163,247 in 2008.

The security cost has resulted in a spend of €541,422 between 2008 and 2009 and with the €1,000 payout per day, the costs incurred in 2010 so far are estimated to be €67,000.

The HSE confirmed that no records existed concerning the financial implications for the Mental Health Service in providing security for the man.

The Ennis man was the victim of an assault in 1999, suffering a serious brain trauma when a concrete block was dropped on his head.

Irish Independent

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