Local News & Archive — May 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm — Updated: May 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Tawel Fan inquiry: patients ‘inexcusably’ mistreated



No police charges will be brought against Ysbyty Glan Clwyd staff following a probe into patient care at a mental health unit.

An independent report has found evidence that patients on the Tawel Fan ward in Bodelwyddan were mistreated and may have had their human rights violated by certain practices and routines.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has apologised to those affected and says it will continue its own disciplinary action. Eight nurses were suspended on full pay while six other staff, including two doctors, were moved elsewhere in the hospital or placed under supervision.

The report, published following the police investigation, reveals some patients were nursed on the ward floor while others were left unsupervised and given a lack of professional, dignified and compassionate care.

Tawel Fan was closed in December 2013 when claims of serious failings into treatment were first made. The report recommends it should stay shut until the independent review is completed, alongside that of a separate probe into death rates on the ward. It also suggests scrapping the Tawel Fan name for any new unit at Glan Clwyd.

BCHUB chief executive Trevor Purt said: ”We want to be open and honest about what happened…that is why we are making public the independent report into the care and treatment of the patients on the ward.  I am extremely sorry that we let our vulnerable patients and their families down so badly. The treatment of some patients on the ward described in the report was shocking, inexcusable and unacceptable and we acknowledge the immense distress that the families are feeling.”

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