Police are searching for a Mount Carmel patient who ran away from a carer after she took him to a bank in Ħamrun.
The man was taken to Mount Carmel to be treated for drug addiction and was housed in Ward8B, which is designated for male drug addicts. Mount Carmel’s management said today that the man had permission from the hospital to run a quick errand but never returned.
Lovin Malta is reliably informed the man was escorted by a female Mount Carmel staff member to cash a cheque at a bank in Ħamrun. As they were heading back, the patient told his carer to wait for him so that he can speak to a nearby panel beater. The carer complied but the patient never returned.
It is understood his parents disagreed with the hospital’s decision to let him run an errand by himself.
The patient is the second to escape from Mount Carmel in the past two weeks, after a suicidal patient escaped the institution through a bathroom window. The young man was later found dead at a Bugibba hotel, in what is believed to be a suicide.
At around the same time today, and unconnected to the escape, a fight broke out between patients at Ward 8B.
Mount Carmel confirmed an “argument” took place today between patients at Ward 8B but said no nurses or carers were injured in it. Pictures published by this website show that the argument was aggressive enough to lead to the smashing down of a door separating the ward from the anteroom.
Ward 8B hit the news last year after patients and staff flagged the horrendous state of affairs there. Back then, the ward also housed female drug addicts but they were later moved to a ward for female geriatric patient who were then transferred to other wards.
It is unknown what spurred the fight, but patients at the ward were behaving aggressively and knocked down a door.
The patient is the second to escape from Mount Carmel in recent weeks, after a suicidal patient escaped the institution through a bathroom window. The young man was later found dead at a Bugibba hotel, in what is believed to be a suicide.
Youth activist group Awturi today urged Parliament to debate the state of mental health in Malta.