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