Urgent response needed to psychiatric unit conditions in Waterford

01 November 2019

Labour Party Health spokesperson Alan Kelly TD has called on the HSE to urgently respond to appalling conditions in the psychiatric unit in University Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Kelly said:

“As reports in today’s Irish Examiner show, the conditions in the psychiatric unit in University Hospital Waterford are completely substandard and require an urgent response from Government and the HSE.

“The level of overcrowding that is taking place in UHW is completely unacceptable. Vulnerable patients who need to be in these types of units require proper care and it is increasingly difficult for staff to provide it when there are too many patients in the unit.

“It is deplorable that patients in the psychiatric unit are sleeping on chairs or on the floor because there are no more beds left.

“Conditions like this are intolerable not just for patients and their families but for hospital staff who are trying to do their best for vulnerable patients.

“We need to see a rapid response to this issue from the Minister for Health and officials in the HSE, we can’t have another case where people in the South-East are receiving substandard care compared to other parts of the country.”

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