Service users to plead with minister to keep psychiatric unit open

Service users and carers of St. Michaels acute psychiatric unit in Clonmel which is due for closure at the end of March will plead with Minister Kathleen Lynch next Tuesday morning to reconsider her decision.

Service users and carers of St. Michaels acute psychiatric unit in Clonmel which is due for closure at the end of March will plead with Minister Kathleen Lynch next Tuesday morning to reconsider her decision.

Representatives of the services users and carers will avail of the first opportunity they have been given to make a case to the Minister not to shut down the acute unit at St. Michaels.

They will ask her not to transfer the 29 beds to Kilkenny and are hopeful that their intervention will lead to a review of the decision.

The face-to-face meeting between the representatives of the service users and carers of St. Michaels and the Minister will take place in Dublin at 3.30pm.

The meeting was sought by the service users and carers who are pleased that the Minister finally granted their wish.

The meeting, which will not be attended by Oireachtas members or hospital consultants, will hear eight service users and carers outline their personal experience at St. Michaels and allow them highlight the reasons they feel the acute unit should be maintained in Clonmel.