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Prolonged stays of people experiencing mental illness in acute mental health units is having a significant impact on access to beds. Photograph: Getty Images

An “almost total absence” of community mental health supports across the State has been criticised in a new discussion paper from the Mental Health Co(...)

The inspection report states that during administration of ECT for one patient, during which small electric currents are passed through the brain, written consent was not obtained for the eighth and ninth treatment session at the hospital.

A mental health centre in Co Laois carried out electro-compulsive therapy (ECT) on a patient without obtaining proper consent, constituting a breach o(...)

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin: The commission has been calling for legislation to ensure the laws governing the physical restraint of individuals are fit for purpose. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital was kept in seclusion for 111 hours on a single occasion last year, according to a report that is highly crit(...)

The 39-bed Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital said the issue was now high risk. Photograph: Google Street View

A Dublin mental health centre has failed to comply with the code of practice on physical restraint for four consecutive years, an inspection report ha(...)

Siptu said the HSE would pay out over €200m on agency personnel this year.

The Health Service Executive has had to pay compensation of up to €10,000 in some cases to employment agencies when it wanted to offer permanent posts(...)

The union’s health division chief Paul Bell told the committee ‘the system of approval for the filling of vacancies  . . . is designed to frustrate’. File photograph: Alan Betson

There are more than 2,600 fewer staff working in mental health services than recommended in the official Government policy for the sector, the HSE has(...)

Inspectors also found “little improvement” in the Central Mental Hospital’s compliance with regulations since 2017 - dropping from 79 per cent compliance last year to 69 per cent this year. File Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

A female patient in the Central Mental Hospital was having to sleep in an interview room because of a lack of bedrooms, inspectors have revealed. In (...)

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked away in seclusion for more than 71 days last year, according to the Mental Health Commis(...)

Many of those who live in mental health units are vulnerable and elderly, have poor communication abilities and are at high risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of vulnerable people with severe mental illness are being denied access to essential physical healthcare services, in breach of their human (...)

Just 29 per cent of service users said they had a good experience of HSE mental health services overall. Illustration: iStock

High levels of dissatisfaction with mental health services provided by the HSE among users and their families and carers are revealed in two surveys p(...)

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