Doctors write to minister on mental health needs
Senior doctors and psychiatrists have written to the South Australian Health Minister to oppose a planned closure of mental health beds.
Opposition health spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith said a further eight beds were being closed at Glenside Hospital.
“What the doctors are saying is that they don’t buy the argument the Minister is giving them, that you can close acute mental health beds and open intermediate community-based mental health beds instead,” he said.
“They’re saying that we need both.”
The medical staff warn an increased demand on hospital emergency departments will force waiting times beyond four hours.
Mr Hamilton-Smith says the doctors have had no response since sending their letter on May 21.