England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust to improve its services to comply with essential quality and safety standards.
The trust declared that it was in breach of the standard relating to keeping patients safe from abuse or the risk of abuse in April 2010, and announced that it would be compliant by the end of September 2010.
However, a CQC review undertaken in October and November 2010 revealed that the trust did not use suitable forms of restraint to protect the patients.
In addition, the trust was unable demonstrate that national and local guidance for safeguarding patients had been implemented.
The CQC said that it would take enforcement action if improvements are not made.