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IHCA: 30% Drop In No. Of Acute Mental Health Beds In Ireland.

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Inpatient psychiatric care is now only reserved for those most 'seriously ill'.

Ireland's mental health services are struggling due to a lack of resources.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says there were 4,000 acute mental health beds in 2005, but it's dropped to just 1,000.


It says inpatient psychiatric care is now only reserved for those most 'seriously ill'.

Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, Anne Doherty says this is having knock on effects on other therapy:

Anne Doherty says more people are in distress due to the pandemic:

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