Damning investigation uncovers ‘toxic culture’ at mental health hospital

Staff working at one of Britain’s biggest mental health hospitals pinched, taunted and even slapped patients, a damning investigation has revealed.

A ‘toxic culture’ at Edenfield Centre in Prestwich, Bury, has seen nurses humiliate vulnerable people suffering with schizophrenia, autism and other conditions.

An undercover reporter for BBC Panorama, who spent three months working there, witnessed staff swearing at patients, inappropriately restraining and even behaving sexually towards them. 

Patients at the hospital are held under the Mental Health Act and are deemed at serious risk of harming themselves or others. Some of them have committed crimes, including murder.

Whistle-blowers had claimed staff were behaving poorly and infringing the safety of people living at the institution, which…

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