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Psychiatrist discharged suicidal patient against GP’s wishes

A psychiatrist has been criticised by a coroner for discharging a suicidal patient from hospital against the wishes of the patient’s GP.     

Dr Dennis Tianming Liu was working at the Lyell McEwin Hospital psychiatric service in South Australia when he was asked to review Geoffrey Noakes on 20 February 2013.

Mr Noakes had a history of major depressive disorder and suicidal ideation.