‘Staff shortages in mental health care leads to deaths’

A part of the fatal incidents in the mental health care (ggz) is due to the shortage of staff, turns out Wednesday from research that the Health care Inspectorate and Youth (IGJ), at the request of the newspaper Trouw and weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.

The inspection examined the relationship between the shortage of personnel and emergencies in mental health clinics.

In almost half of the examined incidents, that have occurred in the past year and a half, played the shortage of personnel a role. In 20 percent of the cases was the shortage of staff is the main cause, at a quarter of the cases, the lack of an “explicit role”, writes Trouw.

In how many cases a shortage of personnel to a death resulted, the inspection according to the newspaper does not say. But that there is a shortage of personnel of people have died, the IGJ have to confirm. An accident with a fatal outcome may, for example, suicide, fire, medication errors or a geweldincident.

The IGJ has also looked at factors related to staff shortages. “It is never only the fact that too few people are. Then that the staff, for example, still is not properly trained or inexperienced, which means that the personnel signals of aggressiveness or an approaching suicide missing,” says superintendent Korrie Louwes in the Faith.

Sector organization GGZ Nederland acknowledges the problem

Sector organization GGZ Nederland acknowledges the problem. “Our members are facing huge staff shortages. As a trade association read we all for a long time sounding the alarm.” However, connect the organization to the words of Louwes that there are always multiple causes of an accident.

GGZ, the Netherlands let us know that arrangements have been made to allow more people to be allowed to train. “This will set us on the long-term help. For now resolves the personnel problems are not on and we must look for solutions in e-health and the reduction of administrative burdens.”

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