Healthy children detained in hospital because of shortage of youth care placesSunday, 17 June 2018 09:36
All Brussels hospitals which have a paediatric department also have places for emergency situations involving children who are not ill. But in this case, chief of staff Elisabeth Rebuffat of St-Pierre told the papers, children have been waiting three to six months to find a suitable place in an appropriate institution.
“However things could take even longer, up to even nine months if we are looking for a place for a child with autism or another psychological disorder.”
Not only is there no adequate support network, but the hospital environment is far from suitable, there is a risk of infections, and some aspects of the care of the children concerned are not reimbursed by medical insurance, medical staff said.
The main problem is that healthy children are taking up beds needed by children who are medically ill. But the hospitals are obliged to take the healthy children on, on the orders of a youth magistrate. And as one explained to Mediahuis, the lack of places in suitable child-care institutions leaves the magistrates no choice.
The Brussels Times
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