February 2, 2018

Protection from abuse of people with disability not guaranteed, even in hospital

This shocking footage, which a family obtained by hiding a camera in a hospital,  shows a nurse attacking a patient with disability and highlights the fact that even in places where care is the goal, abuse can occur.

At this stage the nurse has been stood down (it is not clear if this means pending investigation or permanent sacking),  but should the alleged behaviour be proven, we hope that the nurse is both dismissed and charged with assault.

And it raises questions – does the hospital have adequate policies to prevent this behaviour, and will anyone apart from the nurse take responsibility for allowing it to happen?