Denial of water to mental health patients ‘inhumane and deeply concerning’ – Pat Buckley TD
Sinn Fein Mental Health spokesperson Pat Buckley TD has described the findings of recently published reports on conditions for patients in Irish mental health facilities, as “inhumane and deeply concerning”.
Deputy Buckley said;
"The rights of patients continue to be violated and denied within our mental health services. Some of these issues relate to bad legislation, bad policy or individual misconduct - but none of them are acceptable and they must be addressed.
“Recently the Mental Health Commission has reported on a number of violations at different hospitals.
“The violations at Teach Aisling in Mayo and Sliabh Mis in Kerry relate specifically to a denial of access to water.
“In Mayo there was no access to the water supply for residents independently.
“In Sliabh Mis the denial of water was an individual’s punishment for challenging behaviour. This is not acceptable and clearly bad practice.
“Caring for often severely unwell people in often overcrowded and under staffed facilities is very hard work.
“Serious mental ill health can cause a range of risk factors and patients may be a risk to themselves, but that is no excuse for putting expediency above care or allowing poor conditions to be mirrored by poor practice.
“The rights of patients in mental health care are paramount to building a world class system."