Young man's mental health care criticised (10 April 2017) (New Zealand)

Radio New Zealand

The Southern District Health Board failed to recognise that a mental health patient who later died was increasingly unwell, a health watchdog says.

In a report today, Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan also faulted an unnamed psychiatrist at the DHB over the case in 2012 and 2013.

The DHB and the psychiatrist have been told to apologise to the young man's family.

The case arose when the man, Mr A, attended and was later admitted to a mental health inpatient service. He had asked that his ears be checked to ensure there were no transmitters in them, and said he could hear voices. Shortly before this he had also gone to a hospital emergency department concerned he was having delusional thoughts due to the use of the drugs LSD and ecstasy.

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