BREAKING - Consistent and ongoing overcrowding and staffing crisis faced for vital services at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny highlighted

Sean Keane

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Nurses protest  at St Luke's

Deputy John McGuinness on the left and Cllr Joe Malone centre protesting with psychiatric nurses at St Luke’s Hospital today

The Irish mental health service is at crisis point, a leading TD has said. This follows revelations from nurses about consistent and ongoing overcrowding and staffing crisis faced by those accessing vital services at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.

Michael Hayes, PNA Industrical Relations Officer said  that overcrowding is making it a very difficult situation for staff on the ground in both facilities.

Deputy John McGuinness said the mental health service was in crisis when he joined Psychiatric nurses on a protest at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.

The Kilkenny man severely criticised the lack of Government intervention in the 'Cinderella' service and said funding is needed urgently to develop the community teams and capacity as promised by Health Minister, Simon Harris.