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Documentary Exposes Failings In Care At Mental Health Hospital

An ITV Exposure documentary broadcast last week showed worrying failures of care in a Priory mental health hospital in Ticehurst, East Sussex.

An ITV Exposure documentary broadcast last week showed worrying failures of care in a Priory mental health hospital in Ticehurst, East Sussex.

The Priory was recently fined £300,000 over the death of a 14-year-old girl in the same hospital in 2012. In ITV’s undercover documentary, filmed in 2017, a reporter posed as a healthcare assistant in order to assess whether the service had improved. She filmed several instances where young people who were self-harming or suicidal did not get the support they needed.

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said:

“Good inpatient care acts as a lifeline to many young people with mental health problems, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Anyone watching last week’s documentary would be disturbed by some of the footage, and we hope that this will act as a wake-up call for providers across the country.

“All young people going into hospital should be treated with dignity, in a safe environment where they can receive specialist support and focus on managing their conditions and living fulfilling, independent lives.”

Our Always campaign, which we launched in 2016, calls for clear and enforceable rights for every young person who goes into a mental health hospital. In 2017, we delivered a petition to Theresa May, signed by more than 10,000 people, demanding stronger rights for young people and their families. In 2018, we worked with other charities to campaign for The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act to become law, which will make the use of restraint and seclusion in mental health units far more accountable.

But, with the Government’s response to the Mental Health Act review expected later this year, there is much more to do. Sign up here to get updates on the campaign – and on how you can get involved.

We’ve also created an inpatient care guide for young people, with advice on what your rights are and what to expect if you are admitted to hospital.

You can watch the documentary here – please note it contains distressing scenes.

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