I don't know if anyone else has heard this report that was in the news today.A psychiatric patient had been waiting for some 24 hours when she was found dead lying on her face, she had been that way for several hours before anyone bothered to check on her, In large cities it isn't uncomment for psychiatric patients to wait for up to a day or more to be seen by anyone. I myself have waited for a ridiculously long period of time while many others were triaged ahead of me. Hospital workers say the problem is due to a lack of resources, and often patients with mental illnesses are thought to be less critical, I think we have a long way to go in educating the public at large about mental illness. Of course she probably didn't die from her mental illness, but the cause of death hasn't yet been determined, but just the fact that because she was a psych patient she was ignored, six care givers were fired the next day but it was too little to late for her. I have often felt as though I was a nusence, when seeking care at my local hospital, I winder if anyone else can relate to this.
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