Two guilty of care abuse

Two care assistants have been found guilty of mistreating disabled patients at the Solar Centre at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster.

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NHS Trust 'apologises' for care abuse pair

James Hinds and Susan Murphy outside Sheffield Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire

Dr Nav Ahluwalia, executive medical director for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust said: "We fully apologised to service users and their families at the time of the incidents and we apologise again today for the actions of the individuals that have been found guilty.

"The trust took immediate action as soon as we were made aware of the situation in 2007 and worked with South Yorkshire Police in their investigation into this matter.

"The trust has implemented improvements to the learning disability service at this centre to minimise the risks of such incidents happening again.

"We will not tolerate staff mistreating service users and have reinforced our channels of communication to ensure that staff, service users and carers report suspected abuse so that we can take action."

Pair slapped and hit patients at care centre

Hinds and Murphy were found guilty of ill-treating 12 different outpatients between them at the the Solar Centre, which is run by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

All are extremely vulnerable adults, with limited communication abilities and a range of physical disabilities including blindness.

Many of the attacks involved patients being slapped and hit around the head.

Hinds threw one man into a wheelchair, dragged another to the toilet and hit another with a microphone.

Murphy locked one woman in a cupboard, the court heard.

All the incidents happened in a period between January 2005 and March 2007.

Abuse care staff 'likely' to be given custodial sentences

Judge Rosalind Coe told the two who were convicted they will be sentenced on June 14.

She said: "You are both fully aware that custodial sentences are the likely outcome."

Hinds was acquitted of nine further charges and Murphy was cleared of five further charges after the jury of five men and seven women deliberated for two days.

Both were given conditional bail but were remanded in custody until their passports could be brought to the court and surrendered after the judge heard they had been living in Spain.

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