1990 Second Public Enquiry

The second public enquiry into the care and treatment of patients at high security hospitals was also triggered by a television programme and the new Ashworth Hospital (formed by amalgamating Park Lane and Moss Side hospitals) came under scrutiny of the investigation led by Sir Louis Blom Cooper.

It was highly critical of the hospital for putting too much emphasis on security and not enough on patient care and also allowing the possibility of staff physically and sexually abusing patients.

An extensive report was published in 1992.

As with the Boynton Report there were management changes followed by improvements.


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