Senator Maura Hopkins yesterday (Wednesday) met with Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. She said that the Minister is keeping an open mind with regard to the future of the unit.
“Minister Daly informs me that he very much has an open mind in relation to the Rosalie Unit. He advised me that he would be speaking directly this week with Dr. Ann Gallagher, Consultant Psychiatrist of Later Life (Roscommon) in relation to the clinical assessments. I understand that a number of clinical assessments took place last week with the involvement of family members.
“My strong opinion is that there are many individuals who need specialist residential care and this unit should be used to provide a service for them. I am deeply frustrated, like many residents and family members, that the HSE are not listening to our concerns.
“Following our last delegation meeting (on May 2nd) I had no sense from HSE Managers Tony Canavan and Charlie Meehan that there would be genuine efforts to explore every option to keep the unit open. The responses we got were totally unsatisfactory.
“I made the point on several occasions that there are and will be many people in our region with enduring mental health difficulties who cannot cope at home and need residential care. Therefore, an expanded service at the Rosalie Unit is essential to meet these needs,” she said.
Senator Hopkins said she is in very regular contact with Minister Jim Daly, Minister Simon Harris and HSE Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan in order to strongly emphasise the need for this unit to remain open.