In response to the recent incidents of suspected sexual assaults reported in psychiatric wards of public hospitals, the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists has expressed the following views:
The treatment of patients with mental health problems requires long-term and comprehensive care. The mental state of in-patients varies due to differences in individual needs which require individualised care and management.
The College opines that the government should consider conducting an in-depth review of the needs of psychiatric in-patient services and make appropriate arrangements for special groups across clusters on a territory-wide basis, such as for children and adolescents, the elderly, persons with learning disabilities, persons with severe mental disorders with complex needs, and persons with mental illness and violent risks. The overall aim is to ensure that all patients will receive individualised treatments in a safe and therapeutic environment.
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