Government is ready to “rock and roll” on the issue of the decentralisation of mental health.
The “concrete” plan would see “eventually” the decommissioning of St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital and the construction of a new “centrally located, major” mental health facility, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said as he contributed to the budget debate in the House of Representatives yesterday.
Deyalsingh said the big issue in health these days was mental health which was becoming the “new NCD” (non-communicable disease) and needed to be tackled with the same vigour with which Government was addressing the problem of diabetes.
He said he wanted to tell the country what has been happening over the past two years “so it does not seem like a knee jerk reaction to what happened in Arouca”.
Police raided Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre last week and removed 69 patients, citing unsatisfactory conditions such as patients being kept in cages.