In Dublin Crumlin, Temple St , Holles St and the Rotunda are filthy sh*tholes.Some years ago, I remember visiting the psychiatric unit in Galway and seeing rain coming in through a small hole in the wall. Fortunately, that at least has been rectified. In my Canadian health region, we have been talking at committee level about insufficient psychiatric beds and unfilled psychiatry posts for at least thirty years. The community care model in psychiatry, a well-intentioned proposal that suits some patients, was used by governments around the world to shut down too many hospital beds without financing community care adequately. When doctors send psychiatric patients home from hospitals they should be doing it for their benefit, not the bottom line.
Vincents is at least clean, not a high benchmark to achieve but beyond the capabilities of most public hospitals here.