Councillors pass motion calling on HSE to fully investigate overcrowding in UHW Psychiatric Unit

Councillors pass motion calling on HSE to fully investigate overcrowding in UHW Psychiatric Unit

Councillors have passed a motion calling on the HSE to fully investigate overcrowding in the Psychiatric Unit in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) after images emerged of patients sleeping on the floor.

The motion, which was unanimously passed by Wexford County Council, expressed “dismay” at the conditions, overcrowding and treatment of patients at the Psychiatric Unit of UHW and calls on the Minister for Health to apologise to the front-line staff, patients and their families for the conditions.

The Council have also demanded that the HSE conduct a full investigation and to make resources available in the region.

Chair of Wexford county council Michael Sheehan said the HSE must now allocate more funds and resources to South East region to ensure a similar situation does not happen again at UHW.

“Those pictures should be a once-off, if this situation persists at some point in the future there will be a fatality, this could spiral out of control.

“Nobody can stand over the conditions,” he said, adding that many people could be treated in their own locality if more supports are directed into community facilities.

Wexford County Council will now write to the HSE and Health Minister Simon Harris demanding action to tackle overcrowding and staff shortages.

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