Report of Incidents Involving Patients in Mental Health, Addiction Services Published

Report of Incidents Involving Patients in Mental Health, Addiction Services PublishedFor the first time, the Health Quality and Safety Commission have come up with a report on incidents related to people living in mental health and addiction services.

There are 177 patients who have physically injured strangers. One of the patients is a Wellington mental health patient, who stabbed a stranger a number of times.

There are a number of such incidents that have been filed in the report. The incidents include events when patients went missing from the mental health unit.

Experts have found majority of incidents have taken place in the community and especially when the patient was an outpatient. There have been 136 such incidents.

One of the other serious incidents revealed by the report is suicide.  From June 2012- 2013, 134 people have committed suicide and another 17 have tried to commit suicide.

Other 17 cases were with regard to patients troubling staff as well as other patients. In fact, complaints have been registered against them for committing criminal acts.

"This report is the commission's first step towards engaging with the challenging problem of harm to patients of mental health and addictions services", said commission chief executive Dr. Janice Wilson.

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