An Roinn Slainte (Department of Health): Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for the years 1961-1962.
|dc.contributor.author||Department of Health (DoH)|
|dc.identifier.citation||Department of Health. 1962. An Roinn Slainte (Department of Health): Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for the years 1961-1962. Dublin: Department of Health.||en|
|dc.description||Prior to 1961 first admissions outnumbered re-admissions, but returns for 1961 and 1962 show that this position has been reversed. It will be noted that the 1961 returns showed a drop in the actual number of first admissions. With regard to the considerable growth of re-admissions to mental hospitals, I pointed out in a previous report that this trend, which is not peculiar to this country, indicated that more serious consideration would have to be given to after-care services. After-care services in this country generally leave a lot to be desired and inadequate supportive care in the community results in many former patients having to return to hospital for treatment. At the same time it must be stressed that the high re-admission rate is in part due to modern treatments which enable patients who would formerly have been retained in hospital indefinitely to be returned to the community, although some of these patients may on occasions require further hospital treat.ment. In this sense some forms of mental illness are no different from some forms of physical illness which are of a recurring or intermittent nature and continuous hospitalisation is no more justifiable for mental illness of such a type than it would be for corresponding physical ailments. The aim, of course, must be a high level of community services With easy access for hospital services where required.||en|
|dc.subject||HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT||en|
|dc.title||An Roinn Slainte (Department of Health): Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for the years 1961-1962.||en|