“When a family member applies to have another family member involuntarily detained, it can have a lasting and sometimes negative impact on the family relationship,”says  Rosemary Smyth of the Mental Health Commission.

Mentally ill people are being involuntarily detained on foot of applications by family members instead of HSE personnel far too often, Ireland’s ment(...)

The standards were drawn up following the   chief medical officer’s 2014 report into Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Services which identified problems in the reporting of risk across the health service.

Serious incidents in hospitals will have to be notified by law within 24 hours and a preliminary assessment will have to be completed within five work(...)