Focus on Mental Health Care at RAH

The State Liberals are calling for an immediate safety audit of the mental health ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and have pledged to fully resource the Coroner’s office to facilitate the investigation of the recent death of a patient at the RAH.

A Marshall Liberal Government will also initiate a clinical audit addressing quality and safety issues at the troubled plagued $2.3 billion hospital.

“An immediate safety audit is needed to reassure South Australians that the RAH is fit for purpose following the tragic death in the Mental Health Unit,” said Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade.

“It is also important that a Coronial Inquest is conducted as soon as possible into the death at the recently opened RAH.

“There have been a range of problems with the treatment of mental health patients at the RAH since the facility opened.

“Last week, two mental health patients had to wait four days in the Emergency Department before a bed could be found for them.

“Six months after the RAH opened the mental health ward is only partly open because duress alarms are not working.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will initiate a clinician-led audit of the RAH facilities.”

The AMA has called for an audit and a Marshall Government will deliver it.

As the AMA notes in its Election Priorities publication:

We particularly need to ensure the infrastructure is fit for purpose and necessary equipment is available.

Services such as the Pain Clinic, the Chest Clinic and Ophthalmology must be appropriately located to support innovative integrated models of care. (Page 11)

“Quality and safety in the mental health pathway, including both the Emergency Department and the mental health ward, should also be a focus of the audit.”

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