Dáil Éireann - Volume 363 - 12 February, 1986

Written Answers. - Proposed Closure of Psychiatric Hospitals.

79. Dr. O'Connell asked the Minister for Health if he will give the following information: (1) the total number of in-patients in the psychiatric hospitals he proposes to close; (2) the total number of patients who have been patients in one of these hospitals for (a) five years, (b) ten years and (c) 20 years; (3) the total number of psychiatric geriatrics in these hospitals; and (4) the total number of diagnosed schizophrenics in these hospitals.

Minister for Health (Mr. B. Desmond): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

St. Dympna's Hospital Carlow

St. Patrick's Hospital Castlerea

Total number of in-patients on 31/12/1985

344

240

Number of patients in hospital:

(a) Five to 10 years

49

26

(b) 10-15 years

22

34

(c) 15-20 years

23

24

(d) 20 years and over

96

78

(Source: MSRB Census 1981)

Number of patients aged 65 years and over on 31/12/1985

109

106

Diagnosed Schizophrenics

152

144

(Source: MSRB Census 1981)