FOUR HOSPITAL staff working in an English hospital owned by prominent Irish investors, Denis Brosnan, JP McManus, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier, have been arrested, following allegations of abuse against patients.
The charges were levelled by BBC Panorama’s
programme, which spent months investigating the Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol, after it was approached by a whistle-blower whose earlier attempts to raise the alarm were not heeded.
Winterbourne is part of the Castlebeck Group, which was bought in 2006 for £255 million by the Swiss-based Lydian Capital Partners, which was set up by Mr Brosnan as a private investment company after he left Kerry Group.
He was joined as investors in Lydian by Mr McManus, Mr Desmond and Mr Magnier, along with other equally wealthy, but so far unidentified individuals. Lydian later bought out the successful Chrysalis radio group. Broadcast on Tuesday, the Panorama
programme showed film recorded by an undercover reporter where a nurse goaded a patient about suicide, and subjected others to cold showers. In another clip, a patient was pinned to the floor by a chair.