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PSA Opposes Mental Health Workers being Named

PSA MEDIA RELEASE

July 9, 2008

PSA Opposes Mental Health Workers being Named On Websites

The Public Service Association says naming mental health workers on websites makes a difficult job even harder.

"Using websites to publicly attack and condemn individual mental health workers is unfair and does nothing to improve mental healthcare," says PSA Assistant National Secretary Warwick Jones.

An Auckland-based counsellor is planning to name mental health workers on his website if they have, in his view, breached the Health and Disability Commissioners' code of conduct.

"We agree with the Health and Disability Commissioner, and the Mental Health Commission, that this type of 'scapegoating' is unnecessary as there are systems in place to deal with complaints about mental health workers," says Warwick Jones.

"Healthcare providers are finding it hard to recruit and retain mental health workers and subjecting them to trial by website will not help attract people to take on this difficult and demanding job."

Warwick Jones says Child Youth and Family social workers have suffered this type of attack on websites in the past.

"We opposed this practice in the past and we oppose it now because it's unfair, unnecessary and does not help improve the delivery of these essential public services," says Warwick Jones.

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