Older psychiatric hospitals 'unfit for human habitation'

The State's mental health watchdog is warning three institutions that they could face closure, unless they improve conditions.

The Mental Health Commission has written to St. Loman's Hospital in Mullingar, St. Ita's in Portrane and St. Brendan's in Dublin, telling them to address shortcomings in care and accommodation.

It follows visits by the Inspectorate of Mental Health Services, which found some wards in a number of older psychiatric hospitals were "unfit for human habitation".

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