Australia: Mental health misses out in reforms: critic
The President of the WA Association for Mental Health has criticised the Federal Government's health reform plan.
Keith Wilson, who was a former Labor Health Minister, says it promises little for mental health services.
Mr Wilson says the Rudd Government's $50 billion takeover of public hospital funding which involves hospitals being run by local boards, is a step back in time.
He says the previous WA Labor Government abolished local hospital boards.
Mr Wilson says the Rudd proposal emphasises hospital reform when it should focus on struggling mental health services.
"People are discharged before they should be, before they are ready to be and then they struggle to be maintained in the community and they end up back in hospital again."
Source: ABC News