Kathleen Lynch: has ruled out an independent review into a HSE West decision to shut down the new €2.8 million acute mental health unit

The Minister of State for Health has ruled out the possibility of an independent review into a HSE West decision to shut down a new €2.8 million acute(...)

A section of the  crowd at today’s protest march organised by community groups and supported by health service unions over the planned closure of all acute inpatient psychiatric beds at St Bridgid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

A crowd estimated at 2,500 took to the streets of Ballinasloe, Co Galway today to protest at a decision by the HSE not to open 22 acute mental heal(...)