Doctors ‘out of their depth’, inquest told

A PATIENT with schizophrenia – who died after being restrained and sedated – was in the care of doctors who were "out of their depth", an inquest has been told.

Lyji Vaggs, 27, died in Townsville Hospital last year, two days after he stopped breathing while being restrained and sedated on the floor of the nearby mental health unit.

The inquest into his death has heard there were no psychiatrists or senior doctors on duty in the unit at the time, only an intern and junior doctors.

Counsel assisting Coroner Jennifer Rosengren told the Townsville inquest this week that Dr David Hartman, a psychiatrist contacted on the phone by doctors at the unit, described the doctors as "stressed" and "out of their depth".

Dr Mushtaq Mohiuddin, having worked in the unit for about three months, was the most experienced doctor on duty at the time. He told the court he didn't know how to handle the situation.

"It was a