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Press Releases and Media

2018

Mental Health Commission publishes its activity report on the use of ECT during 2016

The use of Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT) in inpatient mental health services remained relatively stable in 2016 with 263 individuals being administered one or more programmes of ECT during the year.

The Mental Health Commission today published a report showing the level of use of ECT in Ireland’s inpatient units. The 263 residents who received the treatment compares to 243 in 2015 but a higher number received it, 278, in 2014...

Press Release Date: 12 July 2018

Mental Health Commission publishes focused Inspection Report

The Mental Health Commission has today published a focused inspection report into Lois Bridges in Sutton, Dublin. Lois Bridges is an approved centre providing care and treatment for adults with an eating disorder.

Commenting on the publication Dr Enda Dooley, Assistant Inspector of Mental Health Services, said, “The Inspector found that elements of the care and treatment of seriously physically ill residents with anorexia nervosa admitted to Lois Bridges were inadequate and unsafe and that there had been little improvement in the provision of safe care since the annual inspection in March 2017”...

Press Release Date: 07 June 2018

Safeguarding of adults in health and social care services

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) are today hosting a seminar in the Law Society of Ireland on the safeguarding of adults in health and social care services.

The seminar, ‘Adult Safeguarding: Promoting Rights, Health and Wellbeing’, aims to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss how Ireland can better promote the rights, health and wellbeing of people at risk of abuse or harm...

Press Release Date: 09 May 2018

Mental Health Commission Approved Centre Inspection Reports

A number of critical and high risk ratings of non-compliance were identified in the Mental Health Commission’s latest batch of Inspection Reports into seven approved centres from across the country.

Commenting on the publication Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector of Mental Health Services, said, “There are a number of serious issues and concerns raised in some of these inspection reports.  Of particular concern was the issue with pressure sores in Grangemore Ward & St. Aidan’s Ward, St Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford.  There were two serious reportable events in relation to Grade 4 pressure sores reported to the Commission since the 2016 inspection and the Inspector found a further 14 pressure sores, of lesser grades, during this inspection... 

Press Release Date: 03 May 2018

Mental Health Commission Other Mental Health Services's Inspection Reports

The Mental Health Commission has found serious deficiencies in many 24-hour nurse supervised residences after inspecting 43 of these units, the largest number to date. In 14% of those inspected doors were locked and residents were not free to leave. In 77% of them residents were unable to lock their bedroom doors...

Press Release Date: 20 April 2018

Mental Health Commission Approved Centre Inspection Reports

The Mental Health Commission has today published four Inspection Reports from Cork, Galway, Sligo and Westmeath. Commenting on the publication Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector of Mental Health Services, said, “Common themes emerge yet again in these inspection reports including non-compliance with individual care plans, issues with premises, ligature points and staffing. These centres need to work hard to address these issues and to ensure compliance in 2018.”

Press Release Date: 05 April 2018

Mental Health Commission Approved Centre Inspection Reports

The Mental Health Commission is today publishing inspection reports on five facilities none of which is fully compliant with regulations, rules and codes of conduct. Two of the five have had conditions attached to their future operation as a result of these inspections.

Press Release Date: 22 March 2018

Mental Health Commission Approved Centre Inspection Reports

Today the Mental Health Commission published nine inspection reports on approved centres from across the country. None of the nine centres was found to be fully compliant with regulations, rules and codes of conduct...

Press Release Date: 08 March 2018


2017

National Standards for the Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) have today published new National Standards for the Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents....

Press Release Date: 25 October 2017

Mental Health Commission publishes 2016 Annual Report

The continued admission of children and adolescents to adult mental health units remains a totally unacceptable but common feature of mental health care practice in Ireland, according to the Mental Health Commission....

Press Release Date: 07 July 2017

National Safeguarding Committee: Irish public believes abuse of vulnerable adults is widespread

The research, commissioned from Red C by the National Safeguarding Committee, shows widespread public concern that many vulnerable adults are open to and are experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse...

Press Release Date: 11 April 2017


2016

Mental Health Commission welcomes the publication of the National Safeguarding Committee’s Strategic Plan

The Mental Health Commission has welcomed the National Safeguarding Committee Strategic Plan which was launched today by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. The Mental Health Commission forms part of the National Safeguarding Committee which aims to promote the rights of adults who may be vulnerable...

Press Release Date: 20 December 2016

Consultation on Draft National Standards for the Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental Health Commission have today launched a six-week public consultation on new Draft National Standards for Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents...

Press Release Date: 26 September 2016

The Administration of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Approved Centres: Activity Report 2014/2015

The use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in inpatient mental health services remained reasonably stable from 2013 to 2015 with Irish statistics being broadly in line with those from the UK...

Press Release Date: 09 September 2016

 

Mental Health Commission publishes 2015 Annual Report

Progress made on mental health service provision, but it’s time for a formal review of A Vision for Change, according to the Mental Health Commission which published its 2015 Annual Report and Report of the Inspector of Mental Health Services today...

Press Release Date: 20 June 2016

 

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