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 Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 2:30 pm, 18th July 2006

Can I be—[Hon. Members: "Absolutely clear?"] Yes, I want to be absolutely clear about what happened to the report. It came to the Department on 16 January. Between that date and 23 May officials worked on the report with the National Patient Safety Agency, examining specific issues, including, for example, whether the allegations of rape had been the subject of a local investigation. It was important that we did not publish information without—particularly with allegations of rape—considering whether there had been a local investigation. That would have put some vulnerable people in an extremely awkward position. We did not want to do that.

We wanted to work on some of the other data analysis to ensure that that material was accurate and that the NHS could learn lessons from it. At the end of May the report came to Ministers, who signed it off on 5 June. Between then and now we have been examining a follow-up strategy, which has now been agreed. This is the response to the question that the hon. Gentleman asked. What are we intending to do with the information—

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molijana
Posted on 19 Jul 2006 12:35 pm (Report this annotation)

After the horrific kerr/haslem inquiry which can be found at http://www.clearboundaries.co.uk how can staff bite their tongues and not come forward in these awful cases...it must be fear as how can you do nothing when you know a professional is assaulting their patients...we need to change the mindset and make it healthy and good practice to stand up and be counted without fear of reprisals...we need to get some backbone otherwise the kerr's & haslem's of this world will carry on getting away with it for another 20 years!!!!!

molijana
Posted on 19 Jul 2006 12:55 pm (Report this annotation)

We need a conference for those service users who have been abused by professionals...to be able to come forward and share their experiences in a safe environment with professional counselling and support available....We need the support of Lawyers who can help us to determine whether there is enough evidence etc to take action and then be assisted in bringing these professionals to task...and paying for the crimes they have committed against vulnerable people in their CARE!!!
Bring back the Hippocaratic Oath forthwith "Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves." I gather this also includes private surgeries, clinics, hospital wards and anywhere else that a doctor may see a patient...Of course doctors are not the only ones who abuse their patients...all those who work in the field of the vulnerable whether in mental health, learning disabilities, child protection, this list goes on have a responsibility of CARE and must never abuse it!!!!!