Pressure is mounting for an independent inquiry into mental health patient deaths linked to Fremantle Hospital after two State Government reviews failed to quell concerns of grieving families and mental health advocates.
Former Mental Health Council of Australia chairman Keith Wilson has called for a royal commission, which would focus on the "entrenched system failure that has resulted in such catastrophic outcomes".
Mr Wilson, who is a former WA Labor health minister, said the reviews, which were conducted by chief psychiatrist Rowan Davidson, appeared to be "no more than a containment exercise by the Government".
"The chief psychiatrist's review did not attempt to look at system failure and it can be assumed that the Government did not wish this to occur," he said.
"Like all such strictly-limited internal reviews, its focus was confined to determine individual practice failures at the coalface of mental health care delivery."
"This is the front line of mental health care of those with chronic mental illness and where pent-up service pressure is at its greatest.
"It is where clinical staff are constantly pressed to do more with less as well as cope with the Government's latest efficiency cuts."
_The Weekend West _revealed last year how Ruby Nicholls-Diver, who had borderline personality disorder, killed herself hours after being discharged from Fremantle Hospital.
Ms Nicholls-Diver's tragic story prompted more families whose loved ones died after going to Fremantle Hospital to come forward.
The outcry led Mental Health Minister Helen Morton to ask Dr Davidson, who works for the Health Department, to review deaths of mental health patients after discharge from Fremantle Hospital.Released this week, the public reports outlined Dr Davidson's recommendations, including that every patient should have a full psychiatric assessment when they entered the mental health service and that patients and carers are involved in planning a patient's discharge and follow-up care.
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