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Possible face-down restraint ban

Ministers are considering banning the use of face-down restraint on mental health patients in England after official figures revealed nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint in a year - with more than 3,000 in the "dangerous" face-down position

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Charity calls for end to face-down restraint

Physical restraint can be humiliating, dangerous and even life-threatening and the huge variation in its use indicates that some trusts are using it too quickly.

Face-down restraint, when a person is pinned face-down on the floor, is particularly dangerous, as well as extremely frightening to the person being restrained. It has no place in modern healthcare and its use must be ended.

– Paul Farmer, Mind chief executive

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