Transfer of Mental Health Services

NORTH Tipperary patients of St Michael's Acute Psychiatric Unit in Clonmel, will be transferred to the Mid-Western region next year if assurances given to Deputy Martin Mansergh come into effect in the Spring.

NORTH Tipperary patients of St Michael's Acute Psychiatric Unit in Clonmel, will be transferred to the Mid-Western region next year if assurances given to Deputy Martin Mansergh come into effect in the Spring.

Commenting on the Clonmel Psychiatric Unit, about half of whose patients come from North Tipperary, Deputy Mansergh said he had been told that "the area of North Tipperary will be transferred to the Mid-West Region between March and June 2011."

"This proposal is supported by the North Tipperary public representatives, and will reduce by close to half the number of beds needing to be retained," added Deputy Mansergh.

"The provision of other community services in the place of St. Luke's, which is being closed, in line with Vision for Change, does not obviate the need for St. Michael's, and, again as a Fianna Fil local representative, I support its retention proportionate to the reduced area it will have to serve. As the person instrumental in persuading Mary Harney to appoint an interlocutor to talk to the consultants in St. Michael's, I have made it clear to the HSE that I regard the Hillery Report, which is with the Department, but not yet the Minister of State, as an essential input, before any further far-reaching decisions are taken."

Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.