HSE Plans For Mount Sion Ignores Family And Residents’ Interests – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will be raising the decision to seriously disrupt the lives of elderly mental health service users in Mount Sion Residential Unit in Tipperary Town with the acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the HSE’s South Tipperary Mental Health Services confirmed that it plans to proceed with what it calls ‘the development of alternative service arrangements’ for the long stay residents at the Unit:

“Since 2011 there has been a steady and determined effort on the part of the HSE to undermine the capacity of Mount Sion to continue providing care according to the existing residential model.

That was deeply resisted in 2011 when it was first mooted and it has been deeply opposed yet again by both the family of the residents and The Friends of Mount Sion group who have played a central role in the provision of services at the unit.

The claim by the HSE that the facility at Mount Sion is no longer appropriate for the ongoing needs of the residents does not correlate with the experience of the service users or their families.

The reality is that these are residents who are deeply integrated into the local community where they cherish the familiarity and social dimension to the care that has been shown them.

So for the HSE to move in once again and to demonstrate a renewed determination to essentially close the facility by stealth is something that is completely objectionable as well as being of source of deep distress for the residents and their families.

I would hope therefore that the HSE and acting Minister Varadkar, as well as acting Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, will seriously reconsider what is clearly a counterproductive move on their part,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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