14 patients have absconded from the Mental Health Unit at Robina Hospital since the Labor Government took office in a concerning revelation from Health Minister Cameron Dick in response to a question in Parliament from Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates.
Ms Bates, who has campaigned for an increased Police presence near the hospital, said she remained concerned about community safety and urged Mr Dick to tighten security before more incidents occur.
“For months, I have been telling Cameron Dick about security incidents at Robina Hospital, particularly in the Mental Health Unit, and urging him to do something about it,” said Ms Bates.
“Now, Cameron Dick has admitted that under his watch, 14 mental health patients have absconded into the community with Robina State High School just hundreds of metres down the road – 3 of them for longer than 24 hours.
“Despite Cameron Dick’s claims that none of these patients were under a forensic order, staff have told me otherwise.
“This presents a major safety concern for parents and students at Robina State High School, commuters at Robina train station and shoppers at Robina Town Centre.
“While Cameron Dick continues to play politics with this issue and do nothing about it, community safety remains at risk.
“I urge this do-nothing, say-nothing, know-nothing Minister to act now to secure public safety before more security incidents occur.”