Thursday, 23 May 2019

Psychological torture in specialist hospital

"The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC's Panorama programme."

"Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham."

"Experts said the culture was deviant at the privately-run NHS-funded unit with evidence of `psychological torture`."

"A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended."

"The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with learning disabilities and autism."

"Many are detained under the Mental Health Act."

"Glynis Murphy, professor of clinical psychology and disability at Kent University's Tizard Centre, said much of what Panorama had found was the `absolute antithesis` of good care."

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