Amsterdam psychiatric clinic closes following deaths

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Two patients in the Amsterdam psychiatric clinic were found dead in September.

23 September 2008

AMSTERDAM -- A psychiatric clinic in Amsterdam has been closed temporary following the deaths of two patients in September.

Last week, a patient committed suicide at the clinic. Just two weeks ago, a 47-year-old schizophrenic patient choked to death in an isolation cell.

Shortly before the death of the man in the isolation cell, a report was released condemning the institute for locking patients in isolation cells immediately after arrival in the clinic.

The Health Inspectorate report also criticised the quality of care at the institute, saying there is not enough staff and that they are not properly trained. The workload is too heavy and hygiene is substandard.

The latest incident is when a patient escaped during a fire alarm on Saturday.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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