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Insensitive treatment of psychiatric patients is appalling, health forum is told

Thu, May 25, 2017

The insensitive treatment of mental health patients at hospitals in the city was slammed by former mayor Padraig Conneely at the regional health forum on Tuesday.

Although welcoming the new 50-bed acute inpatient unit at University Hospital Galway (UHG) at the cost of €13.28 million, the Fine Gael councillor described incidents of patients being unable to gain access to the mental health block as a serious issue.

Highlighting a number of incidents where patients had been turned away by hospital staff, including the story of an 18-year-old being rescued from the River Corrib after attempting suicide, Cllr Conneely said; "Over the last week some appalling incidents have been recorded and publicised in relation to patients unable to gain access to the mental health block. It is outrageous when you read these stories - 'UHG turns away suicidal teen' - the girl that who was rescued from the Corrib was kept in a Garda cell to make sure she did not harm herself further.


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