Ombudsman Calls For Closure Of Psychicatric Ward In Budapest

  • 31 Jul 2015 9:00 AM
Ombudsman Calls For Closure Of Psychicatric Ward In Budapest
The ombudsman for fundamental rights has asked the human resources ministry to close down a mental asylum in Budapest’s Merényi Gusztáv Hospital. In his report, László Székely described the facility as a place where security guards are employed to intimidate patients and where some patients are “tied to radiators”. The ombudsman also suggested that patients whose documented status no longer justifies treatment in a closed facility should not be “kept in custody”.

The report, published on the ombudsman’s website, suggests that rules on involuntary hospitalisation and treatment of psychiatric patients should be changed.

The ministry has launched an investigation in wake of the report.

The hospital said in a statement that in cooperation with its supervising body, the State Health Services Centre, an action plan is being prepared to discontinue the shortcomings revealed by the ombudsman.

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