From Independent.ie. Patients in a hospital psychiatric unit did not have access to their bedrooms under 10pm at night due to staff shortages, an inspector’s report has revealed.
The conditions were found in St Catherine’s Ward in St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork when inspected by the Mental Health Commission.
Chief inspector Dr Susan Finnerty described it as a “restrictive practice” which did not support or respect the autonomy of the patient.
The inspector issued five inspection reports which raise concerns in relation to risk management, consent to treatment, individual care plans, premises and staffing.