‘If you’re going to deprive people of their liberty, that health setting needs to be the best of the best’

John Farrelly of the Mental Health Commission is prepared to do what it takes to improve conditions in mental health units

3rd March, 2019
John Farrelly, chief executive of the Mental Health Commission Picture: Fergal Phillips

Mental health facilities in Ireland are not fit for purpose, according to the head of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly.

Farrelly was speaking after the Mental Health Commission, which was set up to promote, encourage and foster high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services, won a case against the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Mental Health Act last week.

In the first prosecution of its kind, the HSE...

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