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15 Oct 2019 11:51
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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    The Southern DHB has spoken - after being told to apologise about a suicidal patient's care

    The Southern DHB has spoken - after being told to apologise about a suicidal patient's care


    A Health and Disability Commission has released a report into the 2013 incident.

    The patient - then in her late teens - was placed in seclusion overnight, with no clothes, pillow or mattress.

    Southern DHB's mental health director, Heather Casey, says in this case their processes weren't followed - and they've sincerely apologised to the person involved.

    She says it's been a valuable ongoing lesson to staff - in the standard of care that should be provided to the most vulnerable patients.

    Casey says they're working towards no more seclusions by next year.

    © 2019 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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