Statement on abuse at Cygnet Health Care Yew Trees hospital

Statement / comment
28 September 2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists was disappointed to learn that women with intellectual disability were abused in the Yew Trees unit, Cygnet Health Care, Essex as reported by the Care Quality Comission (CQC) on 23 September 2020 (PDF). 

We are concerned about the impact such abuse has on the women. We acknowledge the responsible action taken by managers of Cygnet Health Care to report the incidents to CQC.

The College is concerned that people with intellectual disability in in-patient services continue to suffer from abusive practices since the scandal of Winterbourne View Hospital in 2011. We will work with CQC, other professional bodies and families to support people to receive high-quality in-patient care where necessary.

Our Intellectual Disability Faculty helps College members improve their knowledge of psychiatry of intellectual disability and develops policies to promote the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities.

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