Manchester Evening News

Police probe continues into alleged mistreatme­nt of patients

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A POLICE probe into the alleged mistreatme­nt of patients at a unit run by under-fire Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust is ongoing, the M.E.N. has learned.

Three staff remain under investigat­ion by Greater Manchester Police, while 32 others have been told they face no further action.

The GMP investigat­ion was launched after the BBC’s Panorama embedded an undercover reporter at the trust’s Edenfield Centre in 2022. Allegation­s of abuse followed, with show bosses presenting their findings to GMMH.

Allegation­s were said to have involved dozens of staff and patients at Edenfield, based in the grounds of the former Prestwich Hospital in Bury. The facility cares for adult patients.

A GMP spokespers­on said: “GMP is actively investigat­ing concerning allegation­s against staff at The Edenfield Centre.

“Officers have reviewed footage obtained from undercover filming at the mental health unit and, on Tuesday 30 January 2024, wrote to 32 individual­s to inform them that no further action will be taken against them, whilst three staff remain under investigat­ion.”

It comes following the publicatio­n of the damning report on the trust yesterday.

The Edenfield Centre has 11 wards. A number of staff were suspended in light of the Panorama allegation­s and the centre was closed to new admissions.

In a statement issued in 2022 a spokespers­on for GMP said: “GMP has opened an investigat­ion into a number of allegation­s against staff at the Edenfield Centre, following a period of undercover filming at the mental health unit.”

The one-hour BBC programme captured alleged humiliatio­n, verbal abuse, mocking and assault of patients. A trust spokespers­on said they were unable to comment while the GMP investigat­ion continued.

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