Government Investigates Claims That Resident Was Dragged Naked
Through Rugby Field
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 6, 2005
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND--Health officials are investigating allegations of neglect and both physical and sexual assault against residents with disabilities at two homes run by a government-funded residential provider.
According to Sunday's New Zealand Herald, the Health and Disability Commissioner was told that a staff person at one Spectrum Care Trust facility repeatedly kicked a resident and dragged him naked around a rugby field.
The same resident, who is blind, and has both hearing and intellectual disabilities, was allegedly given so many sedatives he nearly had a seizure. He was also starved so he would not defecate, the story noted.
Police are investigating another Spectrum Care facility over accusations that a staff member sexually abused a resident.
A Ministry of Health official said the office has asked for an urgent report into the incidents that are alleged to have happened in January.
The Herald noted that the claims follow a series of complaints about the trust.
"Disabled patient 'dragged naked around a field'" (New Zealand Herald)