6(C). Staff views


One of the reasons for MDAC’s reassessment of Czech cage beds a decade after its 2003 report was to establish the reasons that they were still in use. MDAC wanted to ascertain who healthcare staff (psychiatrists and nurses) and directors of psychiatric hospitals continue to justify the use of cage beds, in order to offer suggestions for change.

The following four reasons were given to monitoring teams:

  1. Cage beds are part of the admissions procedure,
  2. Cage beds are used to deal with aggression,
  3. Cage beds are used to deal with restlessness, and
  4. Cage beds are used to punish bad behaviour.
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