A little later than planned is our second blog about Cygnet Health Care and what appears to be their shocking treatment and restraint regimes. The latter seems almost certainly to be illegal yet NHS England continues to have a £300 million deal with them.
This couldn’t of course have anything to do with the fact that Cygnet is now owned by US Universal Health Services, whose executive was Simon Stevens now head of NHS England.
MP Louise Hague has also written to the health secretary to demand an urgent meeting about the quality of care at Cygnet Hospital Sheffield.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the hospital “inadequate” on safety.
The CQC has held inspections at the site three times in 13 months, two of which were prompted by serious incidents.
Similarly Cygnet hospital, Woking was actually forced to close down and some of the more disturbing findings included adolescents allowed to self-harm with objects they found in the rubbish, while four allegations of sexual assault were reported by patients supposedly under “constant observation” there.
Investigators found that staff on the adolescent wards had used physical restraint 839 times in six months, including 88 cases of face-down restraint.
A patient also required emergency help after being given a significant overdose of medicine.
The most recent CQC report for Woking found
Overall rating for this location
Are services safe? Inadequate
Are services effective? Inadequate
Are services caring? Requires improvement
Are services responsive? Requires improvement
Are services well-led? Inadequate––
And then there are the worrying number of deaths which have been allowed to occur including
Let us remind ourselves of Cygnet’s record on ‘treatment’.
And the fact that Cygnet is now owned by US Universal Health Services, whose executive was Simon Stevens now head of NHS England.
And let us remind ourselves that rehabilitation to enable going ‘home’, is a home of drugged containment termed ‘community living’, also increasingly owned by US Universal Health Services via Cambian.
And here we have workers comments on Cygnet’s services.
Finola Moss sums up her views on Cygnet and their service provision for autistic people.
Autistic people are huge cash cows, they earn Cygnet £13,000 a week being rapidly tranquilised in a secure Unit, whenever they are deemed ‘unmanageable’ in community placement or rehabilitation.
The Spring Centre with this new provision for an extra 14 men in locked rehabilitation and 4 rapid/emergency tranquilisation beds, earn £13,000 a week per ‘patient’ in addition to the existing 26 bed low secure units where each ‘patient’ earns £7,000 a week. That is £416,000 a week.
Over one and a half million a month and over 16 million a year ‘to look after’ 44 autistic people.
And what do they get for this colossal amount of public money ?
Renovation of a large house in a cheap area, plenty of drugs until compliant, containment, a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, a nurse practitioner, an occupational therapist, a manager and deputy, and minimum ratio to patient care workers/nurses on shifts, and cooking, cleaning and laundry provision.
Is there any competition ? No, as Cygnet is deemed the only ‘specialist provider’ under HSCA 2012.
The ‘patients’ have no rights, as sectioned each year under MHA and if necessary deemed ‘incapable’ for life under the MCA with yearly rubber stamped reviews of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. All this in their ‘best interests’.
Please help us get A moved from Cygnet Derby to live nearer her grandmother and out of the clutches of Cygnet.