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The patients kept in filth: NHS-funded private mental health hospital in police probe after whistleblower uploads videos of the horrendous conditions

An NHS-funded mental hospital is being investigated by police and an employee has been charged with assault after concerns were raised about patients’ safety there. Police were alerted to problems at the privately run Uplands Independent Hospital in Fareham, Hampshire, after a member of staff who was leaving filmed the ‘filthy’ conditions the patients lived in. The whistleblower’s video showed soiled mattresses, surfaces covered with cigarette ash, stained carpets and congealing food in the hospital which currently cares for 21 adults, some of whom have been detained under the Mental Health Act. After he uploaded his silent video tour of the home, which begins with the words ‘No words needed’, it prompted hospital regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to send investigators to inspect Uplands unannounced in August.

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