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Hospital nurses left to look after children that have self-harmed

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Whilst not at all condoning the situation described in the article, I have to agree with the first comment - these children are at least in a place of safety, hopefully receiving compassionate/empathetic/'human' care from nurses trained to look at someone holistically, even if without the specialist MH knowledge. Also, this is not unique to young person's care; adults admitted to an acute hospital via A&E for initial medical care may get 'mental health assessment', but no 'mental health care' until post-discharge (& then only if lucky/when worked way up the waiting list). When I was referred to a MH social worker for social care, whilst living alone in the community with no family nearby (& friends who would normally help out, caring for their own child, also on a waiting list for care, so not available) social worker told me to my face I wouldn't get assessed for at least 3 months as 'they have to prioritise people in hospital' - Why?! Those people may be 'bed-blocking' or something horribly inconvenient for services/funders, but at least they are safe and cared for.

Posted date

15 April, 2014

Posted time

1:48 am

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