Psych Patient'S Fall From Addington Hospital Building Blamed On Bed Shortage

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According to a health practitioner, who did not want to be named to protect his job at the hospital, the male patient was in a medical ward due to a lack of beds in the psychiatric ward.

“There’s now an influx of psych patients either being managed exclusively or being co-managed in other wards. General wards don’t have enough supervision and security to oversee the mentally ill health-care users. This led to the event of a psych patient jumping off the building,” he said.

The man said there were about 40 psychiatric patients lying in other wards at Addington because of the beds crisis....

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