Assaults (Mental Health Wards)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th July 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children) 2:30 pm, 18th July 2006

No one who has visited a mental health hospital remotely believes the Minister's assertion that 99 per cent. of them offer only single-sex wards: a flimsy curtain across a ward does not constitute a single-sex ward. In 2004, the Mind "wardwatch" campaign estimated that in reality, a quarter of mental health wards were still mixed, and we know that the situation has got worse, as many have had to revert to mixed-sex wards owing to deficit pressures. Only after a freedom of information request by Mind was today's National Patient Safety Agency report published, revealing those 122 reports. There are allegations that those were only the cases that were reported. There was no mention of the cases that went completely unreported.

Is it not a disgrace that the Government sought to suppress the report eight months ago? Why did they do so? How many people have suffered subsequently because of the Government's complacency and delay? What urgent action are they taking to improve conditions for vulnerable mentally ill patients in future?


Posted on 19 Jul 2006 12:22 pm (Report this annotation)

Bravo, we need to have answers i am sick and tired of being told we get a decent service from the nhs....codswallop....we are having to put up with terrible conditions in comparison to other areas in the nhs...why because we are the most vulnerable and easily taken advantage of...and worse than that the mind set is that what we say is delusional and mad and obviously cannot be believed due to too much drugging...what a perfect senario for those bullies who love to use and abuse those they are supposed to care for...