NWRHA denies report of patient forced to defecate in hole at St Ann's
The Ministry of Health has responded to a news report by CCNTV6 in which a man identified as Sean Chariandy detailed incidents of abuse against his autistic wife who is warded at the St Anns Psychiatric Hospital.
On Wednesday, in a report titled ‘Claims of abuse at St Ann’s hospital’, Chariandy said his wife Paula Ann has been repeatedly abused and jailed by staff. He said the room has no toilet save for a hole in the floor.
“The NWRHA refutes claims by Mr Chariandy that the wards are not equipped with proper toilet and bathroom facilities and patients are forced to urinate and defacate in a hole. We also categorically deny claims of abuse by staff members.”
The NWRHA said it is unable to make further comments as the matter constitutes the subject of legal proceedings. However, it confirmed receiving a report from Chariandy in June 2019. The authority said an investigation was launched and the results delivered to Chariandy.
Editor's note: This article headline has been amended to state that the NWRHA, not the NCRHA, was the Authority which responded to the claims.