A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has expressed her concern that serious regulatory breaches and poor hygienic conditions were found at the adult mental health unit in Mayo University Hospital following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission.

Deputy Lisa Chambers says she was alarmed to read the report which identified risks to patients at the hospital. She said it is of concern that there were not enough therapeutic programmes in place and staff shortages were limiting occupational therapy, psychology and social work services.

A report published yesterday shows the acute adult mental health centre was compliant with 61% of regulations, rules and codes of practice - down from 74% compliance in 2017.

Of the 14 areas of non-compliance, 4 were deemed critical - including staffing and individual care plans for residents.

The report says the premises was not clean, and rooms were not well-ventilated, while the walls had chipped paint with cigarette burns in the carpets.

Numerous ligature risks were identified, and not all staff were trained in fire safety, basic life support, and management of aggression or violence.

The standard of individual care plans for residents was very poor, according to inspectors.

22 areas of inspection were compliant, according to the report, with ten of these areas rated excellent.

Deputy Chambers told Midwest News that she is concerned about the findings and will be raising the matter with the Minister for Health.

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