Man arrested in connection with Mercy Hospital death to appear in court

He is expected to appear before Cork District Court this morning.
Man arrested in connection with Mercy Hospital death to appear in court

The Mercy Hospital, Cork where an elderly man was attacked on a ward and subsequently died. Picture Dan Linehan

A man has been charged in connection with the investigation into the death of a man at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) on Sunday.

He is expected to appear before Cork District Court this morning.

An advocate of the elderly in Cork has shared his condolences with the family of Matthew Healy who was killed during an incident at the MUH on Sunday morning.

A retired farmer from Berrings, Mr Healy died following an alleged violent attack by a fellow patient on a general ward at the hospital.

The widower, aged 89, was predeceased by his wife Delia, who died earlier this month, and his daughter who lost her life in an accident at a young age four decades ago.

Speaking to The Echo, Paddy O’Brien described the incident as “an awful tragedy” and said that no patient in hospital, particularly elderly patients, should have this happen to them.

“It’s a very very sad case. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr Healy’s family.” 

Mr O’Brien described the incident as “a desperate situation” and said that no family whose elderly loved one goes to hospital for treatment should have to go through this.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for a full security audit of all hospitals.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families at the centre of yesterday morning’s tragic incident in Mercy University Hospital.

“We have been offering our union’s full support members in the Mercy and will continue to do so.

In light of this awful incident, the INMO is once again repeating our call for a full review and audit of security systems and protocols in Irish hospitals.

“We haven’t had a security audit of our hospitals since 2016, it is time now for the HSE to complete a full audit of what measures are in place in each hospital.”

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