A Mayo Councillor has asked how patients can be discharged from hospital during the night when the consultant - who makes the ultimate decision to discharge a patient - may be at home in their bed.

The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, when Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne asked for clarification on who ultimately makes the decision to discharge a patient.

He was informed by HSE management that the decision is made by a consultant.

Councillor Kilcoyne says it's unfair that patients, who often live alone, are sent home from hospital in the middle of the night.

He also claims patients are often moved to district hospitals without prior consultation with their families.

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