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Coronavirus. Alert on the confinement abuse of patients in psychiatry


It is prohibited to‘” lock up patients in psychiatry the title of the containment health “recalled this Friday 19 June 2020, the comptroller general of places of deprivation of liberty (CGLPL) which has made recommendations to the hospitals psychiatric after finding “serious “ abuse.

During a visit to the psychiatric hospital Roger Prevot of Moisselles (Val-d’oise) may 18, Adeline Hazan, observed “serious human rights violations of people who are hospitalized “some of these have been locked in to office.

These abuses are the result “a confusion between the regime of solitary confinement psychiatric established by the code of public health and the containment of health decided by the public authorities “ in the framework of the fight against the coronavirus, regrets the comptroller general in his report.

In this establishment which treats of the inhabitants of the Hauts-de-Seine, patients have found themselves locked up 24 hours on 24 in their rooms while they had no suspicion of Covid-19 and without medical advice written by a psychiatrist.

A confinement is illegal

However, the confinement is illegal “in the absence of a decision by a psychiatrist on clinical considerations “reminds Adeline Hazan, who points out that “the poor understanding alleged gestures barriers by patients could not justify a confinement systematic “.

To raise “any ambiguity “she was sent to the minister of Health a series of recommendations for psychiatric hospitals.

Thus, “if a patient care free to accept psychiatric treatment, but refuses hospitalization in a unit Covid “it must be able to “leaving the hospital, regardless of its position in relation to Covid-19, she says.

“It belongs to the psychiatrist, and to him alone, to assess individually whether such a refusal is the result of psychiatric pathology or the free will of the patient “specifies the CGLPL.

The confinement in their room, patients who do not meet the containment, or the gestures of the barrier “can only be based on a decision of isolation motivated by the immediate danger or impending of the patient or others “, she adds.



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