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Mental Health Commission: Many Mental Health Units Are Not Fit For Purpose.

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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A state watchdog says many of the country's mental health units are outdated and not fit for purpose.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.

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CEO John Farrelly, says outdated units were a big factor.

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