100 Women Raped or Attacked in NHS Mental Health Units
Byline: KRISTINA PEDERSEN
VULNERABLE women were the victims of more than 100 incidents of rape and sexual harassment in NHS mental health units over a two year period, a confidential report reveals.
The study, leaked by a Whitehall source, investigated health trusts and psychiatric wards across the country and casts serious doubts on the Government's claim to have set up single- sex wards that ensure patient safety.
The findings have not yet been published by the Department of Health - despite being sent to ministers and civil servants eight months ago.
Last night it was suggested that three of the women raped on wards had became pregnant.
Most of the incidents took place between October 2004 and October 2005, two years after the Government promised safe single- sex wards.
The report contains details of sickening assaults by staff on mentally ill patients including male workers exposing themselves to female patients and raping or sexually assaulting them. It is believed the findings also reveal patient-on-patient abuse, giving worrying indications that patients are poorly protected. …