Over 18 residents could be moved from a centre in Tuam, due to concerns over fire services.
HSE West is understood to be considering the closure of the 18-bed mental health centre at Toghermore House in Tuam, after fears were raised over health and safety.
However, Galway East Deputy Michael Kitt is calling on the health authority to make funding immediately available for fire alarms and other necessary improvements, rather than “disrupting people at short notice”.
“The alternative, moving residents out at short notice and particularly at this time of year would be made even more distressing in light of the fact that no alternative centre has been sourced,” he said.
“Within the past year alone, Toghermore Centre has spent €300,000 in improvements. The centre was visited last year by Kathleen Lynch, Minister for State at the Department of Health, and the results of the improvements and upgrades were evidently impressive to all.”
Deputy Kitt urged the HSE “not to rush into hasty decisions” regarding the closure of Toghermore House and to consider a viable alternative.
A HSE West spokesperson said it was making every effort to ensure the quality and safety of all services delivered to patients and staff by keeping these matters “under constant review”.
“An independent report shows shortfalls in relation to fire safety that need to be addressed immediately. A local steering group has been formed to address the challenges outlined in the report. This may mean that patients have to be relocated to another part of the service. This process has only just commenced as the report was received within the past week and will involve input from staff and residents.”