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Govt Breach Of Mental Health Standards

Families Upset At Govt Breach Of Mental Health Standards

The Government has breached its own mental health standards by closing a unit of Hill Morton Hospital and moving patients without consulting families of patients, National Senior Citizens and Disabilities Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said today.

"These 26 patients were transferred to rest homes - only four of which are over 65, the rest home age - but haven't been returned to Tupuna Villa despite promises in the media they would be.

"Families of these patients are saying that simply pushing them into rest homes is unsafe, particularly when some have previously failed the assessment for discharge because they are too unwell.

"These patients need specialist care. Families are upset they haven't been consulted and are still being kept in the dark about the future of these patients.

"The Government's own National Mental Health Sector Standard says patients can only leave a unit like Tupuna Villa if there is a transfer, exit or discharge plan agreed to by the patient and their family.

"Yet the only consultation about these patients being moved was a letter family members received days after patients were moved, which said patient placement would be sorted out within six weeks.

"Two months later Tupuna patients still have no indication where they will live permanently. Annette King must explain why she is just standing aside and letting every guideline and standard set down for mental health services to be breached with regard to these patients, and why they aren't getting the 'best quality patient care' promised," Dr Scott said.


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