Staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital gave briefings dressed as superheroes at the peak of the abuse scandal, it has emerged.
n picture has come to gentle of an worker sporting such a dressing up, together with a masks, in June 2017 throughout a so-called “Muckamore superhero safety brief”.
A lawyer performing for households of sufferers stated she supposed to write down to health officers to hunt readability over the picture, which was posted on the private Twitter account of a senior Belfast Trust worker.
The picture was described within the put up as a “Muckamore superhero safety brief” and was hailed as a “fantastic idea to promote safety and boost staff morale and reduce sickness”.
The police are at the moment reviewing round 300,000 hours of CCTV footage from the interval throughout which the briefings have been happening.
There isn’t any suggestion that any of the individuals within the picture have been concerned in abusing any sufferers or some other wrongdoing at the hospital.
Glynn Brown, whose son Aaron is a former resident at the hospital, stated he had been horrified by the picture.
“It seems to me that the picture was put out as some kind of PR exercise,” he added.
“The entire thought looks like they have been making an attempt to advertise Muckamore as an amazing place.
“It seems like they’re having enjoyable. It’s very light-hearted.
“It seems prefer it was a cheerful, enjoyable place when it was something however.
“I wish to know if Aaron was within the seclusion room when this was occurring or if he was being hit or kicked at the time.
“I used to be getting updates from the police about what they have been seeing on the CCTV.
“I misplaced depend at 160 assaults on Aaron. He’s been kicked within the groin [and] he’s been punched.
“They dragged him throughout the bottom along with his genitals uncovered.
“Much, much worse happened in there than has already come out, so it’s infuriating, to say the least, to see this image.”
Cathy Morrice, whose 27-year-old nephew Timothy Jones stays a resident at Muckamore, was outraged when she noticed the picture.
“The first question I had when I saw it was, where was Timothy at the time? Was he locked in his bedroom?” she requested.
“There is such a discrepancy between what we are able to see within the image and what we all know was happening within the hospital.
“I’ve seen CCTV footage the place a affected person is being kicked by a number of members of employees and a colleague is sitting at a pc, and so they simply look over and look away like nothing is occurring.
“That’s how widespread and acceptable it was, that stage of violence.
“They didn’t even react after they noticed somebody on the bottom being kicked.
“In my thoughts, they’re virtually worse than the individuals who have been doing the kicking.
“Then to see this picture at the weekend, it’s really alarming.”
Phoenix Law solicitor Claire McKeegan, who acts for Action for Muckamore and The Society of Parents and Friends of Muckamore, stated: “We will be writing to the Belfast Trust for further information on this image, which has caused additional stress for the families I represent.”
A spokesman from the Belfast Trust stated: “We are extraordinarily sorry for the anger this has prompted for households whose family members suffered abuse at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.
“The abuse some of our patients received was shocking, and we are working with the inquiry openly and honestly to ensure families get the answers they deserve.”
Last week, the Muckamore Inquiry heard harrowing particulars of among the abuse suffered by residents, together with a member of employees threatening to chop off a weak affected person’s genitals and break his jaw if he spoke about what he had endured.
A mom was advised she would have her baby eliminated if she made allegations of abuse, the investigation heard.
Monye Anyadike-Danes QC, counsel for numerous the households, stated CCTV footage from contained in the hospital had revealed the “industrial scale” of abuse and the way in which that it was carried out.
She added that employees have been “indifferent” to the results of raised voices, bodily violence, punishment and isolation, and ignored residents’ cries for consideration or help.
The barrister additionally stated employees didn’t solely deny the suggestion of abuse, but in addition that there was a “pervading sense of fear” and intimidation round reporting such behaviour.
The hospital is at the moment at the centre of the UK’s largest grownup safeguarding investigation.
The time frame being examined by PSNI detectives runs from March to November 2017, which takes within the interval when the so-called superhero safety briefs have been occurring.