James Duddridge, Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East is concerned by the footage revealed by Dispatches on Monday 10th October, following an undercover investigation of mental health services provided by Essex Partnership University Trust.
Willow Ward at Rochford Hospital, which is within James’ constituency of Rochford and Southend East, was at the centre of the undercover investigation undertaken by Dispatches.
After watching the report, James said:
“Since the hospital reopened as a mental health facility, I have visited five times and on some occasions with senior ministers.
“During my visits, my principal concern at the time was the availability of spaces on the ward, not the level of care being provided to patients.
“I hope that the scenes presented by Dispatches on Willow Ward at Rochford Hospital are isolated incidents and I await the final report from the Care Quality Commission following their unannounced inspection last week.”