St. Brigid's, Ballinasloe bed closures should be reversed - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as "another backward step" the decision of the HSE to close 22 acute mental health admission beds at St. Brigid's Hospital, Ballinasloe.
"Concerned citizens have contacted Sinn Féin about the HSE decision to close 22 acute mental health admission beds at St. Brigid's Hospital, Ballinasloe. I understand that this downgrading of mental health services in east Galway runs contrary to previous commitments given that St. Brigid's Hospital would not lose beds or services.
“This is another backward step by the HSE which seems to have more to do with book-keeping than the health and safety of patients. Yet €2.8 million over the past two years was spent on upgrading St. Brigid's. Community services are not being put in place. The bed closures also run contrary to the commitment in 'A Vision for Change' to enhance, not downgrade, mental health services. This cut should be reversed."