Hundreds waiting 24 hours in EDs for mental health treatment

The figures should be a wake-up call for government, says AMA WA

Hundreds of patients in WA are waiting more than 24 hours in hospital emergency departments for mental health treatment every month.

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In July, the WA Government launched a system that alerted the health minister every time a patient waited 24 hours or longer in ED for mental health treatment or transfer to a hospital bed.

The data was then shared with the AMA WA and reported in its journal, Medicus.

In its first month, 126 patients were recorded as having waited at least a day for mental health treatment, including