FREDERICTON — A new report has found there are serious problems with New Brunswick’s main mental health facility and patients have been victims of negligence, abuse and unacceptable treatment.
Charles Murray, the province’s ombud, says the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton is chronically understaffed and failing to provide adequate care.
He says gaps in assessments and detailed care plans have compromised patient health and, in at least one case, may have resulted in the premature death of a patient.
Murray says his office began investigating after receiving complaints in 2017.
He says the centre’s mission should be reduced and the staff needs to be retrained.
Murray says the centre is in crisis and immediate action is needed.
The Restigouche Hospital Centre is a 140-bed facility that opened in June 2015 at a cost of $156.6 million.
Murray says the facility is first rate, but has been unable to attract enough psychiatric experts to work there, at the northern tip of the province.
He says a proposed youth mental health facility adjacent to the Restigouche centre is poorly advised and if opened, would likely suffer the same problems.
The Canadian Press