Labor can’t be trusted to manage mental health in Queensland

30 Sep 2017 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

“The latest annual report from the Chief Psychiatrist shows the new mental health system is more about cover-up than accountability.

"From March this year, crimes involving mental health patients were kept secret.


"What we learnt is 129 patients on supervision orders committed serious criminal offences including murder and rape between July 2016 and March 2017.


"Between July 2016 and March 2017 we saw 1,580 occasions where mental health patients on strict supervision orders committed offences in the community.


"Queenslanders would be shocked to know that so many patients on strict orders were out in the community committing crimes whilst supposedly being supervised.


"We saw the devastating consequences in 2016 with the Moorooka bus incident and from the evidence before us, this level of cove- up is widespread across the State.


"2,531 patients went missing or absconded in 2016/17, with some 356 escaping from secure inpatient facilities.


"Once again we see a late Friday release of the report showing the Minister is more interested in cover up than accountability when it comes to the our mental health system.


"This latest report by the Chief Psychiatrist confirms our mental health system is in crisis and with a record number of patients on orders things look set to get worse.


"Only the LNP has a plan to provide safe and liveable communities."

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