'Mistreatment and inadequate care' at psychiatric hospital, says N.B. ombud
2019-02-07 from cbc.ca
Vulnerable patients with severe mental illnesses have been the victims of "mistreatment and inadequate care" at a New Brunswick hospital, according to a scathing report by the provincial ombud.
Charles Murray says in his report that there has been "significant mistreatment" of patients at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton, which serves psychiatric patients from around the province. He says the centre is in a crisis.
One person, identified only as "Patient A," died of an infection after not having their vital signs monitored closely, the document says. Another case study described an employee who "likes to scare and torment patients."
Murray's investigation was prompted by an anonymous written complaint in 2017 alleging that patients at the centre "were victims of violence, negligence, verbal abuse, and excessive use of restraints and force by front-line staff."
Murray says the complaints were substantiated by his probe, and there is "an ongoing safety risk to both patients and staff" at the $156 million centre, which opened in 2015 and is run by the Vitalité Health Network.
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