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What is behind a new mental health abuse scandal?

The lack of trained staff and society’s view of people with mental distress are a toxic mix An abuse scandal on an appalling scale is said to have erupted at a mental health facility in Manchester. The BBC’s Panorama programme says it has evidence of severe malpractice after deploying a reporter as an undercover memberContinue reading “What is behind a new mental health abuse scandal?”

Mental health hospital in Bury where patients were ‘bullied and abused by staff’ put into special measures

A report found staff ‘could be patronising, antagonistic, rude and made negative comments about patients’ A hospital where patients say they were ‘bullied and abused by staff’ has been placed into special measures. Cygnet Bury Hudson has been ordered to improve safety after its overall performance was judged to be ‘inadequate’, following an inspection byContinue reading “Mental health hospital in Bury where patients were ‘bullied and abused by staff’ put into special measures”

Staff at women’s mental health facility ‘fell asleep’ when they were meant to be observing high-risk patients

Eleanor Independent Hospital in West Didsbury has been placed into special measures A women’s mental health facility in south Manchester has been put into special measures after members of staff were found to have fallen asleep when they were supposed to be monitoring high-risk patients. Eleanor Independent Hospital in West Didsbury was rated ‘inadequate’ followingContinue reading “Staff at women’s mental health facility ‘fell asleep’ when they were meant to be observing high-risk patients”

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust suspends staff after alleged mistreatment of patients in mental health unit

Footage obtained by Panorama of the alleged mistreatment is harrowing. The programme is scheduled to be broadcast on Wednesday next week. An NHS trust has suspended staff after allegations that patients were mistreated at a mental health unit. Last week it was revealed police are preparing to investigate the claims which relate to the EdenfieldContinue reading “Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust suspends staff after alleged mistreatment of patients in mental health unit”

Manchester City braced for ‘Winterbourne View’-level scandal

Police are braced to investigate a ‘Winterbourne View’-level scandal in Greater Manchester, with a TV documentary expected to include allegations of serious patient abuse. Yesterday, the Manchester Evening News reported that BBC Panorama have contacted Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust after an undercover reporter collected evidence of mistreatment at the trust’s medium-secure Edenfield Centre in Prestwich. Well-placed sources haveContinue reading “Manchester City braced for ‘Winterbourne View’-level scandal”

Anger after GMMH Trust says it has no plans to publish ‘independent’ review into to deaths of three young people

“We want to know what it says and the wider public has a right to know.” Families have blasted a NHS Trust after it said it did not intend to publish an independent review into their loved ones deaths. Three young people died in nine months at the same mental health unit. A Coroner wasContinue reading “Anger after GMMH Trust says it has no plans to publish ‘independent’ review into to deaths of three young people”

Police prepare for investigation into The Edenfield Regional Secure Unit following alleged mistreatment of patients by BBC Panorama programme

‘Immediate action has been taken to address the issues raised and to ensure patient safety, which is our utmost priority’ GMMH Spokesperson. The Edenfield Centre is a secure unit helping mental health patients adjust back into the community. It works mainly with people who have been in prison or admitted to hospital following a criminalContinue reading “Police prepare for investigation into The Edenfield Regional Secure Unit following alleged mistreatment of patients by BBC Panorama programme”

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