‘We don’t know what will happen’


HSE accused over Rosalie unit

Castlerea woman, Breda Walsh, was the last patient admitted to the Rosalie Unit in 2009. Last week, her son Liam Walsh and the families of other patients received a letter from HSE Officer Tony Canavan, which led to concerns about the future status of the facility ahead of last night’s meeting between with Minister Jim Daly at Leinster House.

  Liam said the lack of information was a major concern.

  “When my mother went into Rosalie she could walk, talk and feed herself, she had Alzheimer’s but she was independent. Now, she is 100% dependent on the care she receives there. It’s horrible that she has to be there but the care is wonderful and it’s appropriate for her situation”.

  Mr Walsh said that representatives of families who had loved ones in the unit had met with then Minister Kathleen Lynch and HSE senior executives on July 1st 2015 and been given a number of reassurances at that time.

  Families were told that relatives could remain at the centre and that there was a plan to develop the unit as a dementia specific unit. The relatives were also assured that they would be “kept in the loop” with regards to any developments.

  Mr Walsh said that the HSE hadn’t followed through on these assurances and the subsequent uncertainty has led to further concerns for loved ones of those currently at the unit.

  “We don’t know what will happen and that’s where the problem is. There is concern at what might happen and then there’s the bigger picture and psychiatric services in the area in general”.