A new report highlights the dire state of our mental health services

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health services in Tasmania are deteriorating under the Liberal government, with
alarming statistics from the AMA showing the extent of the crisis.

Tasmania has
seen the largest reduction in mental health beds in public hospitals in the
the whole country – a fact aggravated by Launceston General Hospital (LGH)
have the worst bed block in the country with our other hospitals nearby
behind.

Terribly
Tasmania has longest mental health ER stay
the patients.

One out of ten
people who presented to the emergency room with a mental health problem waited more than
22 hours to be seen – an increase of more than 50% in the last four years alone.

Among them
patients subsequently admitted, one in ten waited more than 28 hours and one
half-hours in ED.

Tasmania too
does not have dedicated youth mental health beds in the North and
North West.

Mental Health
labor shortages are also contributing to the mental health crisis
services. Poor conditions and wages ever further below inflation
continue to be major contributing factors.

The Liberals
made great promises to improve mental health services, including
new beds in the South, upgrading of the LGH, integrating a mental health center
and a redevelopment of the Spencer Clinic at the North West Regional
Hospital. To date, very little has been funded or delivered.

It’s time for this government to set its priorities and tackle the mental health crisis by funding and providing more mental health beds across Tasmania instead of focusing on building a 750 million stadium dollars in Hobart.

Anita Dow, MP

shadow minister of health

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