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Ten staff members are arrested over alleged abuse of patients at scandal-hit NHS-funded hospital

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/05/2019 Mark Duell for MailOnline

Police have arrested ten members of staff at a scandal-hit NHS-funded hospital following a documentary into alleged abuse of vulnerable patients.

Durham Police said the investigation included allegations of physical and psychological abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall hospital near Barnard Castle.

The force said arrests were made in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton on Friday and all of those questioned were members of staff.

Seven men and three women have been held. 

a castle on top of a building: Ten staff members have been arrested in connection with alleged abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall hospital (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ten staff members have been arrested in connection with alleged abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall hospital (pictured)

Health Minister Caroline Dinenage apologised on behalf of the NHS after the BBC Panorama documentary showed staff mocking, taunting, intimidating and repeatedly restraining patients at the unit for people with learning difficulties. 

A Durham Police spokesman said: 'As this is an ongoing inquiry, we are unable to comment further at this time, other than to repeat that our immediate priority has been to work with other agencies to safeguard the victims at the centre of the allegations and their families.

'The investigation is at an early stage and is expected to take some time to complete.' 

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