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Private firms ‘earning millions treating NHS patients in sub-standard psychiatric hospitals’

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COMPANIES are raking in millions treating NHS patients in often sub-standard psychiatric hospitals, it was revealed last night.
Thousands of patients are detained, often against their will, in wards and units which fail to meet the required standards of care, The Times reported.
Getty – Contributor
Companies and charities charge the NHS fees as high as £13,000 a week for the most complex cases.
Some organisations make huge profits from services condemned as inadequate or in urgent need of improvement by health inspectors.
Sir Stephen Bubb conducted an inquiry after private hospital staff at Winterbourne View near Bristol were found to be abusing people with learning difficulties in 2011.
He said it was a scandal that vulnerable were still held in secure units and poor conditions.
Getty – Pool Sir Stephen Bubb found that staff at Winterbourne View were abusing patients[/caption]

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