The total number of wholetime equivalent staff employed at St. Loman's Hospital, Mullingar at 1 April for each of the years listed is as follows: 1983,574; 1986, 566; 1990, 375.
The 1990 figure excludes 57 staff who are employed in a designated mental handicap unit at St. Loman's Hospital.
I understand from the Midland Health Board that as a result of the introduction of efficiency measures, the reduction in the numbers of staff employed at St. Loman's Hospital was mainly in the nonmedical and non-nursing categories.
The number of in-patients at 31 December for each of the years listed is as follows: 1983, 719; 1986, 649; 1990, 351.
The Midland Health Board have been developing community psychiatric services as an alternative to institutional care as recommended in the policy document — Planning for the Future. The implementation of this policy has resulted in a continuing reduction in the number of patients who need to remain in psychiatric hospitals for treatment.