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Mental Health Review Outcome Supports Workers

PSA Media Release

Attention: Health reporters
20.12.02.

Auckland Mental Health Review Outcome Supports Workers Stand

The review findings vindicate the actions taken by Mental Health nurses across Auckland over the past few months. They show that the service has major gaps, is fragmented and is under-funded, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said today.

“The PSA made it clear to the review team and the Government that more resources, more facilities, and better and more inclusive planning and decision making is urgently needed. We are delighted that the review team has reflected these views in it’s findings and recommendations.”

“Equity across New Zealand has been a critical issue, and the Minister’s announcement of another $10 million dollars for Mental Health in Auckland and the Midlands area is particularly pleasing.”

“An immediate injection of another 20 care packages for the Auckland region will take some pressure off provided the packages are well targeted. But this is only a temporary stop gap and in itself is certainly not enough.”

Richard Wagstaff said the PSA will continue to push for adequate facilities, including sub-acute facilities, and resources through the new structure and as the planning and new funding is rolled out.

“The focus on additional funding, resourcing and more inclusive planning and decision-making, are all very welcome review outcomes”.

“For too long mental health workers have been shut-out of decisions and forced to work in a system that they knew was simply failing the patient and the community. This is a critical element of the review and the PSA now has a real opportunity to be involved.”

“The focus on a regional service should help address issues of fragmentation.”

“Auckland mental health workers have been anxiously awaiting this review as a last hope to put the service on the right track. This morning’s announcements go a long way to doing just that.”


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