Labor’s broken mental health system pushes nurses to breaking point

10 May 2017 5:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Mental Health Nurses have warned that a ‘dangerous workplace culture’ has festered under the secrecy of Annastacia Palaszczuk - the latest in a spate of issues to hit the state’s crumbling mental health system.

LNP Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said these issues were symptomatic of a Mental Health system that is broken under Labor.


"Under the ‘do-nothing, know-nothing’ Labor Health Minister Cameron Dick our Mental Health system has imploded," Mr Langbroek said.


"Within twelve months, the Mental Health Tribunal has seen the chair resign, claims of nepotism, and unlawful appointments.


"Now we have nurses coming forward saying they have suffered from psychological distress because of systematic bullying within their workplace."


Mr Langbroek said the fact the psychological health of nurses at the Ipswich Mental Health Unit had been jeopardised just goes to show the extent of the damage within the system.


"The latest reports of nurses experiencing psychological distress as a result of bullying and harassment at the Ipswich Mental Health Unit is the last straw that broke the camel’s back in a system that is riddled with secrecy and a toxic culture," he said.


"Nurses are opting for sick leave, early retirement, secondment, resignation, and there have even been reports of a tragic death.


"Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Minister are treating Queenslanders as fools by telling us that everything is fine when we have nurses crying out for help because they can’t get the support they need within the crumbling system.


Mr Langbroek said the issues arising at Ipswich Hospital were endemic across our state.


"These issues of bullying within the workplace mirrors problems being reported at Townsville and Rockhampton Hospitals last year," he said.




"Nurses are at their wits end because nobody is willing to fix the system in which these toxic workplaces are flourishing.


"This ‘all talk, no action’ Labor Government keeps telling Queenslanders that it supports our frontline workers, but we all know that they won’t provide any meaningful action."


"Cameron Dick needs to come out of hiding and rebuild the Mental Health System which has collapsed on his watch."


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