Queue at psychiatric clinic – man takes own life

Queue at psychiatric clinic – man takes own life
The waiting time at Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s psychiatric clinic in Gothenburg was so long that a man in his forties who was seeking help gave up and went home, with the assistance of a close relative. Soon after the man left the house and took his own life.

The Swedish Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has strongly criticised the hospital’s clinic, which has also acknowledged its poor handling of the man’s case. “We ought instead to have judged the patient immediately, with consideration of the risk of suicide,” Sahlgrenska’s operations chief, Jan Svedlund, told Sveriges Radio in Gothenburg.


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