Nurses suspended over abuse

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Three nurses have been suspended and a nursing assistant has been sacked from two NHS care homes after claims that they abused mentally handicapped patients, it emerged yesterday. Two nurse managers have also been suspended while an inquiry is carried out into the allegations, which centre around Farn Villa and Langdon Villa homes in Durham.

The nurses were suspended after it was claimed that eight elderly female patients at Langdon Villa were locked in lavatories for long periods. Disciplinary hearings will be held within the next 10 days. The nursing assistant was sacked from Farn Villa in January after he allegedly cold- bathed a patient.