Ombudsman: psychiatric hospital fails to respect patients’ rights

15-06-2010

A psychiatric hospital in Šternberk, north Moravia, fails to respect the rights of its patients, the acting Czech ombudsman, Jitká Seitlová, said on Tuesday. According to Ms Seitlová, the patients there are forced to wear inappropriate clothing and are also placed in caged beds the use of which is not regulated. Some patients are also prevented from entering their rooms during the day. While the Czech ombudsman’s office first drew attention to questionable practices at the hospital in 2008 the situation has not improved. Ms Seitlová said that such practices did not exist in other Czech psychiatric institutions.