In Mount Carmel Hospital (MCH), 45 patients have been hospitalised for 20 years or more.
This was stated by the Minister for Health Chris Fearne during a Parliamentary session. It was said as a response to a question asked by Parliamentary Member Mario Galea.
It was stated that as of June 20th, of the 388 patients present in MCH, 52 patients have been hospitalised for more than 5 years, 47 patients for more than ten years, while 45 patients have been hospitalised for 20 years or more.
The Clinical Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry within the Ministry for Health, Anton Grech, said that Mount Carmel Hospital offers only 10% of the mental health services available. Grech also explained that stigma persists around those who seek help and are admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital.
Grech added that the service provided at the hospital is good despite the conditions of the hospital, saying that MCH is not just a building.
In April, Fearne had stated that the reconditioning of two wards that had been deemed to be unsafe was the first step for a general Mount Carmel Hospital revamp.
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