Security bill for patient tops €1m
THE bill for providing 24-hour security for one male patient at an acute psychiatric unit has exceeded €1m.
Since July 2008, the HSE has been spending €1,000 per day in providing security for the man at Ennis General Hospital in Co Clare.
The 37-year-old Ennis man -- suffering from a mental disorder -- has been at the acute psychiatric unit since July 2008. He was the victim of an assault in 1999 when he suffered a serious brain trauma after a concrete block was dropped on his head.
The general secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association Des Kavanagh said yesterday: "This money is being spent because of the HSE's failure to put in place a proper secure unit for the west of Ireland."
The HSE said that it does not comment on individual care issues.
Road stalled despite green light
THERE is no money to build a €210m road project that got the green light yesterday.
An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for the 22km Ballyvourney to Macroom road in Co Cork, but the National Roads Authority said it did not have the funding.
"We've gotten over a significant hurdle with getting the planning but we will not be moving forward until there's funding in place," spokesman Sean O'Neill said.
It must wait until December to learn what its budget for 2012 is, and only then would a decision be made on the project, he added.
Patients hit by new superbug
TWO patients in a Dublin hospital had to be isolated after they were found to be carrying the bacteria linked to a new superbug to emerge here.
The patients in Beaumont Hospital were colonised with CRE. They were carrying the bacteria but their bloodstream was not infected.
A spokesman for the hospital said the cases emerged in February and since they were carrying it on their skin and were not infected they did not need specific treatment for it.
However, both patients were isolated to prevent transmission of the bacteria to other patients.