BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH; 'Deplorable' Mental Hospitals Slammed

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Byline: BY SARAH BARDON

UP to 1,500 mentally-ill patients are enduring "deplorable" conditions in crumbling psychiatric hospitals, it has emerged.

A damning report by the Irish Psychiatric Association last year showed facilities are "Dickensian, deplorable and appalling".

The HSE admitted it has not yet taken action to improve the dire conditions.

The Lie Of The Land report said the cold, leaky and damp buildings also had poor sanitary facilities, and were admitting patients to "obsolete vestiges of Victorian asylums".

The report also urged the immediate closure of St Loman's in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

But the HSE confirmed the mental hospital, which houses 126 patients in a building that dates from 1855, is open for business and is still accepting referrals. It confirmed no decision had been made on closing the aging building.

More than 80 patients are still housed in the "Dickensian" St Senan's, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

St Joseph's in Limerick, which the inspector said had "appaling conditions", remains open.

A closure plan for St Ita's, Portrane Co Dublin, which was described as "poor", has been developed but no timeframe set. …