1 December 2005
Greens hope ill-fated unit not implicated in fatal stabbing
The Green Party has welcomed the Waitemata District Health Board's announcement that it will launch an inquiry into the
circumstances which led to one of its patients fatally stabbing a man and injuring two others, the Green Party says.
"However, I continue to have concerns about the services available in the WDHB," Mental Health Spokesperson Sue Bradford
The 31-year-old man was assessed by a community health team the day before Monday's attack and was reportedly found to
be becoming unwell.
"I hope the fact that he wasn't admitted to the hospital on the weekend wasn't a symptom of the ongoing shortages of
staff and beds at the hospital's Te Atarau mental health unit," Ms Bradford says.
This unit has been the subject of complaints throughout its history. It has been plagued with problems with low staffing
and lack of beds, Ms Bradford says.
"I would hate to think that the fatally injured man, Kevan Norcross, could have still been with us was it not for a
shortage of beds or staff in Te Atarau.
The incident also raises questions about the adequacy of accommodation for those with, or recovering from, mental
"There is a serious shortage of suitable accommodation in the Auckland region for people who need support while they are
recovering," Ms Bradford says.
"Urgent funding needs to be allocated for various types of appropriate accommodation so that people get the help and
support they need and deserve in the community."
"Our thoughts are with Mr Norcross's family and all of those involved in Monday's tragic incident," Ms Bradford says.