25th November 2021, 20:00
Together Gibraltar says it's extremely concerned by reports of 'a multitude of managerial bad practices' which it claims are coming from within the hospital. Among those highlighted are alleged arbitrary decision-making and nepotism - which it says is endemic.
Together Gibraltar says it has been asked to keep these reports anonymous due to fear of reprisals, but stressed they come from hospital staff, patients, and families of service users.
Furthermore, the party highlights that mental health provision continues to deteriorate despite the launch of a new strategy.
Together Gibraltar says it continues to be very difficult for people to get appointments with either a psychologist or a psychiatrist which it claims are then often cancelled. Instead, the party asserts that patients in need of specialised attention are being seen by approved Mental Health Practitioners who often lack the necessary skills and qualifications to deal with acute cases.
Together Gibraltar also claims that mental health professionals are either resigning or not having contracts renewed, and that these changes often occur in the midst of bad managerial practices, seemingly arbitrary decision making and nepotism - which it highlights as an endemic problem.
The Party wonders whether the Minister for Health, Samantha Sacramento, highlighted current failings in the system during her presentation before the Joint Ministerial Council in London. Despite the five year Mental Health Strategy, Together Gibraltar says service users cannot wait any longer and calls on the Government to ensure the necessary resources are made available now.
Together Gibraltar also claims the least qualified and experienced candidates are being appointed over other, better qualified candidates on the basis of nationality or political allegiance.
It says to make matters worse, the Minister for Health has ignored attempts by Party Leader, Marlene Hassan Nahon, to make representations on behalf of aggrieved citizens.
The Party says all these issues contribute to a growing sense that the GHA is in a general state of disarray which requires drastic and urgent action by the Government.
It adds staff morale is impacted, as well as the quality of the services provided.