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GRENADA | Health Minister confirms overcrowding at mental institution

Health Minister Nicholas Steele Tuesday confirmed that Grenada's lone mental institution is overcrowded. Health Minister Nicholas Steele Tuesday confirmed that Grenada's lone mental institution is overcrowded.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Mar 28, CMC – Health Minister Nicholas Steele Tuesday confirmed that the island’s lone mental institution is overcrowded and that the authorities are moving to deal with the situation.

“That overcrowding, is due to the Mt Gay facilities been used to house new admittance and existing patients,” Steele told Parliament.

Mt Gay hospitalHe did not disclose how many inmates are housed at the facility that was opened in the late 1980s to accommodate 80 beds, but increased to 100.

Steele explained that previously there was an initial admittance clinic at the General Hospital compound but due to changes and adjustments, the clinic was moved to Mt Gay Mental Institution.

 “So we have new admittance, those seeking residential treatment as well as outpatient clinic all in the same place but that problem will be solved in the near future,” he said.

Previously, first time patients were treated at the Rathdune Clinic and Steele said that once the first phase of the new hospital expansion project is complete the Rathdune Clinic will be back at the General Hospital compound and the overcrowding will be history.

“At the completion of the hospital expansion project, there will be adjustment in terms of where some services are located and we will re-open the Rathdune clinic for first time admittance,” said Steele.

Last modified onWednesday, 29 March 2017 09:01
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