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Waiting 40 hours for a hospital bed

The State Liberals have released data showing that at 2.00pm yesterday 8 people had been stuck in the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Emergency Department for more than 24 hours and some have been waiting more than 40 hours for a bed.

“These numbers are shocking and, in the case of five patients with mental health issues, a clear breach of the Weatherill Government’s promise that no mental health patients would wait longer than 24 hours in an ED for a hospital bed,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“At 2.30 pm the Inpatient Dashboard for the RAH showed that only one person had been admitted to a mental health speciality bed in the last two days.”

Health Minister Jack Snelling promised in December 2014 that no one needing mental health care would have to wait in hospital Emergency Departments for more than 24 hours by 1 January 2016.

More than a year later people with mental health issues are still languishing in the Emergency Department of the RAH for more than 24 hours.

“An Emergency Department is not an appropriate environment to support the recovery of a person with mental health issues,” said Stephen Wade.

“The failure to maintain patient flow out of ED’s adds to overcrowding and ambulance ramping.

“South Australians with mental health issues are bearing the brunt of the overcrowding in out hospitals.”