SIPTU has called for a full clinical review by an agreed independent expert to examine and validate proposals for the operation of a new psychiatric unit on the campus of Cork University Hospital, Cork City.
SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “This review should be conducted as a matter of extreme urgency in order to allay concerns that the public may have about the standard of care for vulnerable patients which will be provided in this unit.
“Our members are committed to the delivery of the highest care standards for service users in what is a badly needed new psychiatric care unit.
“Industrial relations issues related to this new unit will be discussed by all parties, under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission, at a meeting scheduled for later this month in Dublin. However, the concerns of some of our members which are of a clinical nature require a review conducted by an independent expert in the field of psychiatric care.”
He added: “We believe that the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, should embrace this suggestion in an effort to ensure that this badly needed unit is opened without further delay.”