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Exclusive: Risk to women at Mason Clinic ‘incredibly concerning’

8 October 2018 Nicholas Jones - New Zealand Herald

Women with intellectual disabilities are sharing bedroom corridors with “predatory” men as the Mason Clinic hits capacity – prompting a plea for help from health bosses.

IHC New Zealand says the situation is incredibly concerning but not unique, as widespread underfunding puts the most vulnerable at risk.

Waitemata DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley described a service nearing crisis point in correspondence to the Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“The situation is now severe and we request an urgent response,” he wrote in the July letter, obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act.

As well as the risk to residents, there are a growing number of people languishing in prison with severe mental health problems, waiting for a bed to free-up at the clinic.

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