Susan Finnerty

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Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said children should only be admitted to an adult service “in exceptional circumstances”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children continue to be admitted to adult mental health units despite a lack of age-appropriate facilities, according to the Mental Health Commission.(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said the short-sightedness of not providing adequate services has led to long-term neglect of people with serious and enduring mental illnesses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A large number of people remain “trapped” in inpatient mental health units, often for years, due to a lack of rehabilitation services for them, accord(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, found ‘continuing breaches of human rights’ in residences.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The safety of more than 1,000 highly vulnerable people with severe mental health illnesses cannot be guaranteed unless their residences are regulated,(...)

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(...)

A file photograph of Dr Susan Finnerty (right) the Inspector of Mental Health Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A “lingering complacency” remains around restrictive practices such as physical restraint and seclusion in mental health services, according to the St(...)

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 (...)

Inspection of the 50-bed acute adult mental health unit at University Hospital Galway  took place last November.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mental Health Commission has raised concerns about aspects of the use of physical restraints at a mental health unit in Galway. The concerns foll(...)

The HSE was fined €5,200  over the condition of St Luke’s psychiatric unit. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Conditions found by inspectors in a HSE psychiatric unit were a physical manifestation of a lack of care afforded to mental health patients, a judge h(...)

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 (...)

  Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital had two areas of non-compliance rated as critical risk, relating to individual care plans and to the code of practice on physical restraint. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The policies of two psychiatric units in relation to the physical restraint of patients have been described as “totally unacceptable” by the State’s m(...)

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