DISCHARGE OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WITHOUT FULL FAMILY INVOLVEMENT RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE SAYS KAVANAGH
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The outgoing General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) Des Kavanagh has called for changes in the law that denies a psychiatrist the right to share information on the condition of their patients with those required to care for and support them.
Speaking at the PNA Annual Delegate Conference in Carlow today (Friday, 21 st April) where he retired after serving 25 years as General Secretary, Mr Kavanagh described the inability under present law of a psychiatrist to share information on their patients with family, including parents and partners as reckless and irresponsible.
‘Psychiatrists are faced on a regular basis with the challenge of deciding who from amongst the not yet recovered patients can be discharged so that a bed can be freed up for an emergency admission. The decision will be made to discharge the person with the best chance of maintaining their improvement at home with the support of family, parents or partners. Yet the patient may deny the psychiatrist the right to share information on his condition with those now required to care for and support him.'