MHI is calling for urgent capital investment.
A state watchdog says many of the country's mental health units are outdated and not fit for purpose.
It's calling for urgent investment, to protect them against another surge of Covid-19 or a future pandemic.
There was a peak of 269 cases a week in these units in January
Chief executive, Caragh's John Farrelly, says the HSE needs to take action.
We released our second paper on Covid-19 this morning. It calls for urgent investment in mental health facilities and the development of more robust legislation to protect residents now and into the future.— Mental Health Commission Ireland (@MHCIreland) June 10, 2021
Our statement: https://t.co/qaPUqNIFF6
Watch our summary: pic.twitter.com/70n4tmAbjw
The Mental Health Commission says many facilities are multi-occupancy and not fit for purpose.
There were 422 cases of Covid in residential mental health services between March and July of last year.
CEO John Farrelly, says outdated units were a big factor.