9 Dec 2020

Mental health patients still being locked in seclusion rooms

From Morning Report, 8:45 am on 9 December 2020

Mental health patients are still being locked in small sparse seclusion rooms despite being told to end the practice by the end of the year.

It's five years since the United Nations Committee on torture said New Zealand was too dependent on seclusion.

Some health boards are making progress, using simple interventions like a cup of tea, food, or lavender oil - but others are relying on seclusion rooms more than ever.

Health Correspondent Rowan Quinn reports.