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Troubled Facility To Be Shuttered
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 26, 2006

FALMOUTH, ENGLAND--A facility that was recently cited for "widespread institutional abuse" of residents will soon be closed, health officials have announced.

The BBC reported Friday that Budock Hospital, which operates under the direction of the Cornwall Partnership National Health Service, would close down by December.

The announcement came as five staff members have been dismissed and as police are looking into the treatment of dozens of residents.

Earlier this month, an investigation revealed "systematic" abuse of people with intellectual disabilities, here called "learning disabilities", at institutional and community-based programs operated by the National Health Service in Cornwall County.

The probe found that over the five years ending last October, at least 200 people housed in the treatment center in Falmouth and in 46 homes around Cornwall had been subjected to "staff hitting, pushing, shoving, dragging, kicking, secluding, belittling, mocking, and goading people who used the trust's services, withholding food, giving cold showers, over-zealous or premature use of restraint, poor attitude to people who used services, poor atmosphere, roughness, care not being provided, a lack of dignity and respect and no privacy." Inspectors also found that medication to control behavior was over-prescribed, and that residents' money was exploited.

The report prompted the Healthcare Commission and Commission for Social Care Inspection to order a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the treatment that such people receive at all residential and day services across England.

The Cornwall County Council will take over the treatment of the Budock Hospital residents, along with 170 others in community homes.

"'Abuse' care hospital due to shut" (BBC News)


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