Ombudsmen find NHS trust and council guilty of “shocking” failings over care of man with Down’s syndrome

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 24 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7651
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

An NHS trust and a local authority have been found guilty of serious failings over the care provided to a man with Down’s syndrome.

A joint investigation was carried out by the health service ombudsman and local government ombudsman into complaints made by the brother of a man—referred to as Mr J.

The complaints centred around the care and treatment provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle City Council, and the Coquet Trust, an organisation contracted by the council to provide support to Mr J.

A report published on 23 November, describes how Mr J had his basic human rights ignored after he was detained unnecessarily in hospital for months and was then moved into inappropriate locked accommodation until …

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