Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A meeting is to take place today between the HSE and unions regarding the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. It is understood that Fórsa, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), and SIPTU will meet HSE Human Resources management this afternoon in the county town.

The Fórsa Trade Union had previously warned health management not to unilaterally implement changes at the facility or to keep its members in the dark.

Fórsa official Padraig Mulligan told this paper the meeting would discuss the future of the unit and the future of the site.

“The preferred outcome of everybody involved is that the residents are the number one priority,” he said. “Our members are patient advocates and the patients’ needs are a primary interest of our members.” He said that staff also needed to know what was going to happen in the event of the unit “completely changing”.

“What’s their role going to be?” he asked. “They need to know what use is going to be made of the facility and in what direction is the HSE going.

“The residents have complex requirements which are being met at Rosalie. So where will they be met in the future? And what has the HSE put in place to meet those needs? So that they are not just forgotten about.” When contacted the PNA said it “will be expecting full engagement with the HSE on staffing issues for the unit”. It added that it was keen to see the development of mental health services in the Rosalie catchment area.

Following a meeting last week, Senator Maura Hopkins said the HSE were proposing to develop a Mental Health Hub at the site which would include two day hospitals.

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