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The Andrews government’s proposed mental health reforms fail to strike the right balance between protecting acutely ill patients and keeping healthcare workers safe, Victoria’s peak medical group has warned.

The government has proposed banning the controversial practices of restraining and secluding seriously mentally unwell patients, but Roderick McRae, Victorian branch president of the Australian Medical Association, says this will put lives at risk in the community and among healthcare workers.

Dr Roderick McRae said the government should withdraw its new mental health bill.Credit:Joe Armao

“The [plan] is idealistic and right up there with pink elephants flying,” McRae told The Age.

If the legislation is rushed, and the state gets it wrong, it would lead to tragic results for people, he said. “As regrettable as it is, just like COVID-19 cannot be wished away, neither can…

Read more at www.smh.com.au

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