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Opposition: Government turned a deaf ear to warnings about dwindling health care services

by Medindia Content Team on February 14, 2006 at 1:00 PM
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Opposition: Government turned a deaf ear to warnings about dwindling health care services

The state government is facing accusation from the Victorian Opposition for inadequate management of health services in the state.

Reports are rife that almost one in seven mentally ill suffer a relapse within a month of being discharged from the hospital, necessitating a re-admission. Helen Shardey confirms that the auditor-general had fore-warned the Government about mental health shortfalls, during the previous year. Apparently the government did precious little to improve the services.

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According to her, Mentally ill patients are being pushed out of hospitals far too early before treatment is able to be effective because there's a lack of beds, and managers are being forced to arrange for patients to leave after only 10 to 12 days treatment.

But Victoria's director of Mental Health, Dr Ruth Vine, has offered a comment about the factors that could lead to r-admission-The type of accommodation and accommodation support the person may be discharged into, the level of stability that that person has with their illness, which may well relate to for instance whether the person continues with recommended treatment or fails to continue, whether the person returns or takes up illicit substance abuse.

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