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Broadmoor 'failings' concern

21st July 2009

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has criticised the West London Mental Health NHS Trust for its failure to keep patients safe at Broadmoor Hospital.

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The report pointed out that patients had hanged themselves from window bars while being treated at the high-security hospital.

The trust responded by saying the bars were a part of the building and as it was a listed site they could not be taken off.

The trust supplies healthcare at the hospital in Crowthorne, Berkshire, in addition to other services in west London.

Broadmoor is responsible for 260 patients, including the Yorkshire Ripper. Eight patients have killed themselves in eight years - many more than at England's other high-security hospitals.

The CQC said the trust's board had not strongly tackled "serious concerns" including lack of beds, building issues, few staff and insufficient staff training.

Barbara Young, CQC's chairman, said: "Given the nature of its services, the organisation should be leading the way in managing risks, yet in some instances they tolerated poor and mediocre practices."

She added: "The same problems about managing risk, overcrowding, sub-standard buildings and staff shortages were raised on a number of occasions, yet the trust's response was slow and piecemeal."

"The trust was good at writing policies, but not good at putting them into action."

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