September 27, 2021

Large numbers attend protest to highlight overcrowding crisis at Waterford psychiatric unit

Up to 100 people attended a protest rally outside University Hospital Waterford to highlight chronic overcrowding at the Department of Psychiatry.

The unit it the national headlines over the past week after photographs circulated online appearing to show a patient lying on the floor of the unit as well as chairs and blankets arranged as a makeshift bed.

The protest took place outside the entrance of UHW on the Dunmore Road on Friday.

Nurses have described conditions as “intolerable” for patients and staff. The Mental Health Commission is also focussing attention on the service and is due to meet the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the coming weeks to discuss the unit’s future.

PHOTO: Patrick Browne 


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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