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Ferguson’s mismanagement sees RHH lose psychiatry training accreditation

  • Ferguson’s decision to cut mental health beds leads to accreditation withdrawal five days ago
  • Psychiatric registrars forced to work in shocking conditions
  • Future of psychiatric training in Tasmania now at real risk
  • Minister must accept responsibility after cutting acute mental health beds

Health Minister Michael Ferguson’s appalling mismanagement of Tasmania’s health system has resulted in further serious fallout with the withdrawal of psychiatric training accreditation at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the future of psychiatric training in Tasmania was now at risk following the loss of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists accreditation which is directly linked to a lack of acute mental health beds at the hospital – beds cut by the Hodgman Liberal Government under Mr Ferguson’s tenure as Health Minister.

“Today it’s been revealed that from August 4 – five days ago – trainee positions in the acute inpatient units are no longer accredited and no trainees will be placed in these wards,” Ms White said.

“Mr Ferguson admitted today in Parliament that he was aware of it but, true to form, he has no solution.

“The fact is this is directly linked to Mr Ferguson’s decision to cut the number of acute mental health beds at the hospital which has created an impossible environment for staff who are forced to treat mental health patients in the Emergency Department.

“It’s created an impossible situation for patients who are being forced to wait up to 90 hours in the ED before they are either admitted to a ward or – more frighteningly – leaving the hospital without having been able access the care they so desperately need.

“Under Mr Ferguson’s abysmal mismanagement, the very future of psychiatric training has now been placed at risk.”