St Ann's hospital to be decommissioned

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 10:00

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh says the Government is working on a new centrally-located centre which will focus on treating Mental Health.

This centre, he says, will lead to the decommissioning of the 117 year St. Ann's Psychiatric Hospital.
This he says will be a part of a change in approach to the treatment of Mental Health in the country, which he termed, "Behavioural Health Wellness services" during his contribution to the Budget debate.
"A new, centrally located, easily accessible major mental health facility, not tucked away in St. Ann's where people in Cedros can't reach it, where people from Toco can't reach it. But a centrally located new facility supported by satellite facilities so people can be reintegrated with the families and communities,"said Deyalsingh.
"It will lead eventually to the decommissioning of St. Ann's, " said the Health Minister.
He said previously mental health had been focused on treatment after the mental diseases and psychosis had already reached an advanced stage. He said this approach will be adjusted for the future.
Earlier in his contribution, the Health Minister Deyalsingh told the Parliament that a file concerning the eye injections which allegedly left 15 people blinded has been compiled and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
- Peter Christopher