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Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 544. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan Information on Maureen O'Sullivan Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  asked the Minister for Health in view of Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the Mental Health Commission report regarding the transfer of five residents from an open to a locked ward in St. Brendan’s Hospital, Dublin in December 2011, resulting in the closed unit being at full capacity, if he will ensure that this does not happen again in the future as the report recommends; the measures he will take to ensure that such incidents are not repeated; the person [940]who will be responsible for enforcing such measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16060/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch While it was clear to me at the time that the HSE had no option but to put in place contingency arrangements to ensure both patient safety and continuity of services, I once again express my regret that such measures were necessary. I am confident however, that all measures will be taken to ensure insofar as possible that this will not happen again. I also note that construction on a new 54 bedded replacement long stay facility, as part of the Grangegorman Redevelopment Project, will be completed this year which will ensure a more comfortable and appropriate living environment for long stay patients.

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