Man Drugged After Being Mistaken For Escaped Psychiatric Patient

Man Drugged After Being Mistaken For Escaped Psychiatric Patient

In recent news from Perth, an innocent man was drugged after he was mistaken for a psychiatric patient who escaped from Perth's Graylands Mental Hospital in mid-December.

According to reports by PerthNow, the patient left the hospital without any information to the hospital authorities and the hospital called on Police to locate the person. They gave the police all descriptions about that man.

Police, on December 16, discovered another person who matched the description given by the hospital and he was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and was kept there over the night. He was given the anti-psychotic drugs which made him ill.

The real patient who had escaped returned to the hospital on December 18 and it was then the hospital realized that they have committed mistake in identifying the man. The Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton has now apologized to him for the huge mistake.

The incident is being criticized by the people and it is said that it was another example of WA's poor mental health system. "I will await the outcome of the clinical review, however people must be held accountable for this dreadful mistake and to ensure that it never happens again", said Morton.

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