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Security breach leads to hospital action

Security breach leads to hospital action

Hospital bosses may be considering their security systems after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation in December.

The CQC issued four warning notices to Cygnet Health Care Limited in Kewstoke following a serious breach of security at the site, which is registered to provide treatment of people who may be detained under the Mental Health Act.

Inspectors said that people were not protected from the risk of abuse in the hospital and restraint had not been used in line with government guidance, reports the Weston Mercury.

Ian Biggs, deputy director of CQC in the south, said: "While staff told us that they had been trained in safeguarding and recognising abuse, they did not understand how a patient going absent without leave was a safeguarding concern."

The body said that it will now keep Cygnet Hospital under review and work closely with the NHS specialist commissioning group to ensure nobody faces an undue risk of harm, while a security action plan is in place.

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