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Loopholes allow hospitals to lock some patients away for years

 
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12/24/2008 05:53 AM
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Loopholes allow hospitals to lock some patients away for years
STAUNTON, Va. – Mental patients sprinkled throughout the nation's psychiatric hospitals are being locked up alone for years despite laws aimed at preventing the practice.

Loopholes in federal and state laws and impotent oversight allow hospitals to lock some patients away for the safety of staff and other patients. Some cases involving seclusion and restraints have resulted in costly lawsuits, yet they are so rare that many advocates had no idea there were similar situations in other states until The Associated Press inquired about it.
[link to news.yahoo.com]