Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers 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 Chambers commented, “It is alarming to read the report which identified critical risks to patients at Mayo University Hospital. It is extremely concerning that there were not enough therapeutic programmes in place and staff shortages were limiting occupational therapy, psychology, and social work services.

“Fortunately, there have been no serious incidents with patients or staff that we know of however this was a real possibility and entirely preventable.

“Serious questions must be answered by HSE management and the Department. I understand corrective measures have been taken however we have to question how it was allowed to get to this state.

“I will be raising this with the Minister for Health to ensure the facilities for patients, staff, and visitors are of a high standard,” concluded Deputy Chambers.