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Hospital patients under guard as govt misses key mental health target



Up to 10 patients a day who may have “committed violent crimes” are being turned away from the state’s specialist forensic psychiatric facility due to a lack of beds – and are being kept under guard in emergency departments and hospital wards.

Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

They are often handcuffed to beds that should be available for other patients and monitored by multiple security guards, putting further strain on the state’s overcrowded hospital system.

Leading South Australian forensic psychiatrist Dr Paul Furst has told InDaily there is a “well recognised shortage” of forensic mental health beds – a problem the doctors’ union says is…

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