Miller calls for security pledge on mental health facilities
SHADOW Health Minister and Member for Bundamba, Jo-Ann Miller, has called on the State Government to guarantee the security of all mental health facilities in the Wacol area following cuts to security staffing.
The call is in response to the director of Mental Health's annual report, which detailed 33 instances of absence without permission from The Park Centre for Mental Health and High Secure Program during 2012.
"The LNP government's mass sackings and savage cuts to frontline services will only make things worse, not better," Mrs Miller said.
A spokesman from Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's office said recent amendments to the Mental Health Act were designed to help safeguard the community.
Included is a new set of monitoring conditions that allow the use of ankle bracelets. There are also greater powers for information to be provided to the public, regarding patients who have absconded while on a limited treatment order.
Limited community treatment can include unescorted leave for extended periods or to attend study or work.