A psychiatric hospital in Crawley run by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been the subject of several investigations exposing its failings since it was opened in 2008.
In 2014, Langley Green Hospital received a damning report from Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors for failing to safeguard patients against abuse. It has been noted that many of the media reports concerning the failings at the hospital are no longer available on the internet. Accordingly and in the interests of public safety, some of the failings of the hospital are being listed here so that the public can be fully informed about what has occurred at the facility.
It should be noted that those treated in psychiatric facilities can experience the effects of psychiatric drugs, effects that include aggression, violence and suicidal thoughts. While it cannot be denied that people do experience mental troubles, psychiatric drugs are capable of driving a person to violence or suicide. It is important to know this in relation to the incidents listed here that have occured in connection with Langley Green Hospital.
The incidents were as follows:
In 2009, Linda Scott, who had been a patient at Langley Green Hospital, took her own life when she blew herself up in her car. She was admitted to the hospital in April 2009 after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act and had undergone inpatient treatment for mental health problems in the months leading up to her death.
In April 2011, a woman was sexually abused by a member of staff while a patient at Langley Green Hospital. She waived her anonymity to stop her attacker striking again. Maria Lozano told how Rajesh Jugroop, who worked at the hospital would groom and sexually abuse her. In December 2012, Jugroop was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison, placed on the Sex Offenders Register and disqualified from working with children and vulnerable adults for life.
In 2012, Julie O’Hare, a patient on day release from Langley Green Hospital took her own life. At an inquest into her death, her father said his daughter had looked her “best in years” before her admission to the hospital in January 2012 but when he visited her at the unit in March, she was unrecognisable.
Also in 2012, the hospital was criticised after it had been found that a patient had been smoking cannibis. Garry Bird tested positive for the drug, despite having spent much of his time in isolation at the hospital.
In October 2014, three nurses at the hospital were accused of covering up errors after one patient killed another. It was alleged that the nurses “colluded in the creation and backdating of care plans and a risk assessment…” and that “false notes were created in order to hide the fact that care plans and risk assessments were not in place for the patients who were involved in the incident.” Anne Green, Marvin Kadzirange and Jean Reeves-Yates were all dismissed by the hospital trust.
In June 2015, a 51-year-old mother took her own life weeks after being discharged from the hospital.
This is not an exhaustive list. Other incidents will be added as they come to the attention of CCHR. If you know of an incident that should be included on this list, please contact CCHR UK on 01342 313926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Further reading: Psychiatric Drugs create violence and suicide