HSE manager denies “underhand” allegations on closure of Rosalie unit

The HSE Chief of Community Healthcare in Roscommon, Mayo and Galway has denied any suggestion the organisation is being underhand with regard to its plans in the region.

Tony Canavan was responding to allegations that the HSE had chosen to close the Rosalie unit in Castlerea “by stealth” because of a policy to refuse admissions since September of 2016.

Speaking on Shannonside FM today Mr Canavan said the unit is being wound down because it does not fit the model of healthcare for the future, and other options may be explored for the remaining residents, including nearby nursing homes.

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Mr Canavan says he doesn’t agree that he or the HSE has been underhand in their approach to their plans.

He says his claim can be supported by how open the HSE has been about last year’s very critical report from the review of mental health services in the region.