An internal government investigation found that authorities did not investigate 50% of deaths that occurred inside mental health services in Ireland, reports the Irish Mirror. The investigation “also detailed how staff in a quarter of ‘sudden explained deaths’ broke the legislative requirements.” Meanwhile, according to TheJournal.ie, electroshock is still being widely administered against people’s will, despite a year-old pledge from the Irish government to stop forced electroshock.
The Mirror quotes one government representative describing the high number of uninvestigated deaths as “crass and cold” findings. “This is clear evidence that as a State we are badly failing people with mental health problems that come to our institutions for help.”
TheJournal.ie reports that MindFreedom Ireland has continued to protest the lack of government action to limit forced electro-convulsive therapy.
Electroshock still used without consent despite promises (TheJournal.ie, October 5, 2014)
Law broken in 25% of death cases in our mental health services (Irish Mirror, October 6, 2014)