Delays at eating disorder treatment hub

by Rachel Cunningham
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The expansion of a treatment hub at Mount Carmel Community Hospital in Churchtown, Dublin, remains out for tender, failing to meet a promised completion date of the end of 2021, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Commenting on the delays, the HSE claimed that construction, estimated to take a minimum of six months, would begin in the new year, with a final date of this June. However, due to a delay in the tender process for the project expected until the end of February, construction will not be completed until August, at the earliest. 

The HSE is also behind on a 2018 commitment to have 16 new treatment centres opened by 2023. Ireland currently provides three public inpatient beds for people being treated with eating disorders, all of which are based St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. These beds can be exclusively used by people who live within the HSE catchment area, which spans Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow.

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