Muckamore: Ninth arrest over abuse allegations

Muckamore Abbey Hospital

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Muckamore treats adults with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs

A ninth person has been arrested by police investigating allegations of the ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Monday morning by detectives from the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch.

The County Antrim hospital is subject of a major police investigation into allegations that staff physically and mentally abused several patients.

It treats adults with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs.

Last week it was announced that a public inquiry is to be held into the allegations.

  • Swann apologises for ‘failure of care’ at Muckamore
  • Abuse ‘might have gone unnoticed’ without CCTV

Police have reviewed thousands of hours of CCTV footage as part of their investigation.

The first arrest was made in October 2019 and there have been 59 precautionary suspensions of staff, but no-one has been charged.

Last month, the Department of Health published a damning review into the leadership and governance of Muckamore Abbey Hospital, focusing on the period between 2012 and 2017.

Health Minister Robin Swann said there had been a “sustained failure of care” at the hospital and he apologised on behalf of the health service to patients and families who had “been let down”.

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