Scandal-hit mental health ward report is delayed
THE publication of a report into the way patients were treated on a scandal-hit mental health ward is facing major delays, it has been revealed.
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s Tawel Fan ward was at the centre of controversy in 2015 when an investigation found that patients received “shocking, inexcusable and unacceptable” treatment.
It found patients suffered “institutional abuse” on the mental health ward and were the victims of “a lack of professional, dignified and compassionate care” by employees prior to its closure in December 2013.
One family member in the report even described the ward as “a zoo” where patients had been “captured”.
But the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS), which was commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to investigate the matter, has been heavily criticised for delays in publishing its own report.
As part of the report its author, Donna Ockenden, is currently reviewing governance arrangements in older persons’ mental health services in the health board.
The report was due to be published on March 8, but at a meeting on Monday, February 12, the health board confirmed this would not happen and could not give a revised date.
Gary Doherty, chief executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “Good progress has been made by those leading the HASCAS investigation and governance review.
“The gathering of evidence for both reports is complete, and the authors are in the final stages of writing their reports.
“However, the completion, and consequentially, the publication of the reports will be later than anticipated in the timeline published in the BCU Board paper in November due to recent illness among both the HASCAS and Donna Ockenden teams.
“Both teams are doing all they can to minimise the delay, while, of course, maintaining the integrity of their reports.
“Constructive discussions between all parties are under way to agree a revised, realistic timeline for publication.”