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Bullying and harassment rife in Manchester unit, report says

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7417.697 (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:697
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Management and clinical staff at a facility in Manchester for elderly people with mental health problems have been accused of neglect by allowing the long term physical and emotional abuse of their most vulnerable patients.

    Patients on Rowan ward, a mental health unit for old people run by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, endured “old fashioned” and “regimented nursing care,” says a report from the Commission for Health Improvement.

    Abuse at the unit, which closed in December 2002, took several forms and included hitting, stamping on feet, intimidating language, withholding food, and playing on patients' known anxieties, says the …

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