Killarney’s Deer Lodge set to open in near future following Labour Court recommendation

Killarney’s Deer Lodge looks set to open in the near future following a binding recommendation of the Labour Court.

The HSE referred the issue around staffing the new 40 bed mental health unit to the Labour Court, after interim proposals drawn up by the Workplace Relations Commission were rejected by the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

The PNA had asked for further discussions under the auspices of the WRC but the HSE opted for a full hearing, which took place last Friday.

Kerry Mental Health Services is welcoming this week’s binding recommendation of the Labour Court in relation to the opening of Deer Lodge.

They say, in effect, this means Deer Lodge should open in the near future, and the next step is to identify an opening date.

The HSE says this €13 million facility is of huge importance to the local people who need to access mental health services in Kerry, especially those living in the O’Connor Unit, which they describe as outdated and entirely unsuitable.

They have been and remain confident the staffing ratio they’ve proposed will ensure residents will receive a high standard of care.

They say there’ll be an overall increase of eight beds in Mental Health Services in Kerry, and there’ll be a corresponding increase in staff.