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High risk ratings noted in new MHC reports

By Mindo - 06th Jan 2020

A total of 12 areas of high risk non compliance and one “critical” have been identified at three sites in new inspection reports from the Mental Health Commission (MHC).

The MHC today published four inspection reports from approved centres in Cork, Dublin, and Clare.

“Three of the inspection reports released today had high risk ratings for lack of individual care planning,” said Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector of Mental Health Services.

“The individual care plan is central to recovery for service users. An individual care plan allows service users to have an active role in decisions about their care, in conjunction with their multidisciplinary team.

“Under regulation, service users have a right to be involved in their own individual care plan. This is one of the fundamental standards of mental health care and leads to better outcomes.”

Dr Finnerty did note that “it is encouraging, however, to see that three approved centres have significantly increased the number of compliances over a three year period.”

The Chief Executive of the MHC Mr John Farrelly said “Governance was identified as an issue in two centres published today and risk management issues highlighted in another approved centre. 

“This is unacceptable to the MHC.  Healthcare teams must be accountable for the quality, safety and satisfaction of patients in the care they deliver.”

The new inspection reports cover Jonathan Swift Clinic St James Hospital, Dublin 8

Cappahard Lodge, Ennis Co Clare

St Vincents Hospital, Fairview, Dublin 3

St Catherine’s Ward, St. Finbarr’s Hospital

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