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Private mental hospital rated ‘inadequate’ and ‘Elements of abuse’ witnessed

St John’s House in Suffolk, run by Partnerships in Care, a subsidiary of the Priory Group, has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission after finding some interactions between patients and staff ‘demonstrated elements of abuse’.

The CQC accused St John’s House of failing to ensure its patients’ safety or dignity after carrying out an unannounced inspection in December 2020.

The inspection of the 49-bed hospital, which specialises in care for adults living with learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, was undertaken in response to concerns regarding patient safety, incident management, staffing and the use of restraint.

The CQC, which also placed St John’s House in special measures, had previously rated the hospital as “good”, following an inspection in 2018.

Full story in The HSJ, 5 March 2021

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