Watson calls on health minister to reinstate beds

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Shellharbour MP Anna Watson met with Health Services Union’s Andrew Gorman last month to discuss a lack of high-dependency mental health facility’s in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region. Picture Eliza WinklerMEMBER for Shellharbour Anna Watson has called for the immediate re-instatement of three observation beds at Shellharbour Hospital’s Eloura West mental health unit.
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Ms Watson’s call follows a briefing yesterday by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LSLHD) after community concerns were raised over the adequacy of mental health services, and patient and staff safety at the Shellharbour Hospital’s facility.

Ms Watson said after a fatal incident at the hospital three of the nine beds in the facility are currently notavailable.

“I’m calling on the Minister for Mental Health to immediately instruct the ISLHD to re-instate those three beds as a matter of urgency”, she said.

Ms Watson has also called for the provision of new inpatient mental health beds to be provided for the Shoalhaven region.

“There is a growing demand for mental health services across the Illawarra region.It’s illogical and unacceptable for there not to be inpatient mental health services available to people in the Shoalhaven region.

“I am more than happy to work with my southern Parliamentary colleagues, Gareth Ward MP and Shelley Hancock MP, to lobby theirgovernment to fund inpatient mental health beds in Shoalhaven.

“Mental health services are beyond politics and I have offered both of them my bipartisan support”, she said.

Ms Watson said that she would discuss the issues raised at the briefing with the Health Services Union (HSU) after ISLHD officials conceded there had not been consultations with HSU members since the alleged murder incident on 31 July.

“I want to be absolutely satisfied that patient and staff safety at Shellharbour Hospital’s mental health unit is a paramount priority.

“I want to be satisfied that the HSU is involved in any discussions about staff safety and that staff concerns are addressed immediately”, she said.

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