June 20, 2013

Use of Face Down Restraint in Mental Health Hospitals Questioned

The BBC reports that the government is considering a ban on the use of face down restraint in English mental health hospitals.

The move follows the release of figures which show the controversial technique being used hundreds of times a year in some trusts - a level described by a health minister as "shocking" and apparently "excessive".

Research by the mental health charity, Mind finds that some mental health trusts no longer use face-down restraint because it is considered too dangerous and traumatic.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that two mental health trusts employ the procedure two or three times a day.