The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is calling for a full security audit of all hospitals after the death of an elderly patient on a ward at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork at the weekend.
89-year-old Matthew Healy was allegedly beaten to death by another inpatient at the Cork facility on Sunday morning. The victim and alleged perpetrator were not known to each other.
A man in his 30s was arrested and gardaí continue to question him.
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Gardaí are understood to be awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination but are set to launch a murder probe over Mr Healy’s shocking death.
In the wake of Mr Healy's death, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has expressed condolences and called for action.
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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