John Saunders

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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(...)

At the launch of the Mental Health Commission’s Strategic Plan were, from left, John Saunders, chairman of the Mental Health Commission, Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly and John Farrelly, chief executive of the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Mental Health Commission is adopting a “very low tolerance for non-compliance” from service providers, its chairman said on Thursday. Adherence (...)

John Farrelly (left), the new CEO of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transformation of mental health services”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

The new chief executive officer of the Mental Health Commission has said he wants to ensure the commission plays “a central role in the ongoing transf(...)

'Years of deliberately-ignored reports caused chairman of the Mental Health Commission John Saunders to call out the Government.' Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is a rare and refreshing event when a statutory body bites the hand that feeds it. Such organisations worry that any blunt criticism of government (...)

Jim Daly says the government is working on a ‘radical’ transformation of mental health services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Government is working on a “radical” transformation of mental health services by directing sufferers to the internet rather than visiting doctors (...)

The commission noted the inability of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services workers to admit children after hours. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of children placed in adult mental health units rose by 20 per cent last year despite repeated calls for the practice to end. The Mental H(...)

Traffic signs which ban diesel cars are installed by workers at the Max-Brauer Allee in downtown Hamburg, Germany May 16, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Diesel has been under constant assault since September 2015, when Volkswagen was accused of, and eventually admitted to, massively cheating on its emi(...)

Many State facilities are not respectful of residents ‘ privacy, dignity and autonomy’. Photograph: iStock

The mental health watchdog has issued a scathing report into conditions in many of the State’s community residences for mentally ill or intellectually(...)

John Saunders: “These residences are not regulated and yet they provide care to a large number of vulnerable people with mental illness.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mental Health Commission has again called on the Government to give it powers to regulate community-based care services where an increasing number(...)

Mental Health Commission chairman John Saunders: children have very specific mental health needs which are not provided for in adult units. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just 6 per cent of mental health units were compliant with staffing regulations last year and an increasing number of children are being placed in uni(...)

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