Public inquiry call over North East mental health hospitals

02 October 2019 – BBC News

The Royal College of Psychiatrists wants a full public inquiry to uncover what seems to be going wrong in mental health facilities in the North East of England after the airing of a BBC Panorama documentary which appeared to show patients at Cygnet Health Care’s Whorlton Hall being abused.

A worker at Darlington’s Newbus Grange, which is also run by Cygnet Health Care, was also jailed for abuse.

The health watchdog has also rated Chesterholme in Hexham as “inadequate“, and Victoria House in Darlington and Oaklands in Hexham as “Requires Improvement“.

Serious concerns were also raised about Appletree in County Durham, which is a facility for women with severe mental illness.

A spokesperson for Cygnet Health Care said: “The facilities that were the focus of the CQC reports in the North East are from a recently acquired portfolio and we are currently undertaking renovations, transforming care plans and adapting to local commissioning demands to make sure the services provided are in line with Cygnet’s high standards of care.”


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