Support a Commission of Inquiry Into Townsville Hospital Mental Health Service

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There is significant research world wide that clearly demonstrates the serious impact of workplace bullying on staff with a resulting direct correlation to poor work performance and output.

In the case of the Charters Towers Community Mental Health Service the entrenched and ongoing systemic culture of workplace bullying has seen highly skilled clinicians forced out of their jobs and extremely poor clinical standards becoming the norm within the service... this has led directly to poor service, denial of service in a lot of cases, inappropriate service being delivered at times as well as completed self harm by individuals within the community and the evidence is very clear that there has been an ongoing issue about poor workplace behaviours and poor clinical standards within the Charters Towers Community Mental Health Service since before 2014.

There is significant evidence continuing to mount across the State that clearly demonstrates an embedded culture of workplace bullying within Queensland Health Mental Health Services.

According to the Acting CEO THHS in a recent local newspaper story about workplace bullying and poor clinical service delivery the claim is that THHS has acted appropriately by affording members of staff who are subject of allegations the right to due process... what about the rights of their bullied victims... where was their right to natural justice and their right to due process... Why were their voices and complaints ignored forcing them to resign and leave such a toxic workplace... and what about the rights of the clients within the community... are they not entitled to "great work and care" being afforded to them rather than this ongoing lack of care and service.

In September 2017 another Charters Towers family suffered a tragic loss of a family member that can be laid directly at the feet of extremely poor clinical service at the Charters Towers Community Mental Health Service... make no mistake, this was a suicide by a very distressed individual who was turned away by staff at the mental health service. This is not the only case of tragic loss in the community due to extremely poor clinical standards and service.

Nothing has changed within the Queensland Mental Health Services since the tabling in the Queensland Parliament of the Commission of Inquiry Report into Mental Health Services at Townsville Hospital in 1991.

This Inquiry clearly identified "persons in stewardship roles in Queensland Health engaging in conduct pertaining to clinical practice and procedure which diminished the prospect of facts being open to proper scrutiny.... ".  This is 2017 and what has changed... the evidence clearly will show that nothing has changed in that regard since 1991 and before.

This has to stop now... people need to stand together and have the one voice as the community deserves far better than what has been shovelled out and expected to take over the last few years.

Sign this Petition so that it can be presented to the Queensland Premier in order to have another Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Mental Health Services within the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.



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