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Mentally ill patients in central Europe being kept in padlocked, caged beds

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1249
  1. Katka Krosnar
  1. Prague

    Mentally ill patients in four central European countries are being kept in padlocked, caged beds despite condemnation of the practice by the European parliament and the United Nations, a patients' organisation said this week.

    In some cases patients are locked in such cages for months or years and sometimes not even let out to use the toilet, says the Budapest based Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, which promotes the rights of people with mental health problems.

    The countries concerned–Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic–are due to join the European Union next …

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