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psychiatric patients victims of limitations abusive in the context of the fight against the Covid-19

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In an establishment of the Val-d’oise, patients have found themselves locked into their rooms while they had no suspicion of Covid-19.

The comptroller general of places of deprivation of liberty (CGLPL) has noted “serious human rights violations“in psychiatric hospitals during the outbreak of coronavirus. It is prohibited to“locking up psychiatric patients under the containment health”, recalled Adeline Hazan Friday, June 19. This warning occurs when a new wave of patients surging into the psychiatric services.

A psychiatric hospital-Roger Prevot of Moisselles (Val d’oise), patients were left locked up 24h/24 in their rooms while they had no suspicion of Covid-19, and without medical advice written by a psychiatrist. 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.

However, the confinement is illegal “in the absence of a decision by a psychiatrist on clinical considerations”reminds Adeline Hazan, who noted that “the poor understanding alleged gestures barriers by patients could not justify a confinement systematic“. To raise “any ambiguity”the comptroller general of places of deprivation of liberty has addressed to the minister of Health a series of recommendations.

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”, accurate, Adeline Hazan.

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 concludes.

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