Need To Amend the Guidelines of Mental Health Services

by Medindia Content Team on  May 12, 2006 at 8:18 PM Mental Health News
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Need To Amend the Guidelines of Mental Health Services
The health minister of Ireland has asked the health officials to review the guidelines of mental health services. This action is followed after an inquiry was probed in to the matter of the death of a Lisburn woman Sharon Moore. She was killed by her mentally ill boyfriend Paul McCleery in March 2003 who stabbed her to death.

Her boyfriend is a voluntary patient of mental health services provided by Down Lisburn Trust. The independent inquiry was led by the Eastern Board to probe in to the matter. McCleery was admitted, treated and discharged from the Department of Psychiatry at Lagan Valley Hospital, part of Down Lisburn Trust.

But this incident has happened after he has been given the green signal that he is completely alright. Hence the McCleery Report makes 48 recommendations on how to strengthen mental health services. This includes a series of measures to be implemented by the Down Lisburn Trust to improve its mental health services which will be relevant to other health and social services organizations in Northern Ireland.

Various guidelines on how they set standards on discharging patients receiving mental health services. Some of the procedures have been completely revised to prevent such incidents from occurring again. Health Minister Paul Goggins assured the society that he would do the needful as soon as possible and would ask them to take precautions that such incidents would not occur in the future.


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