Bristol trio cleared of care allegations

    Three Bristol social workers accused of mishandling the care of a
    man with mental health problems have been cleared by an internal
    council inquiry.

    The social workers and a consultant psychiatrist were accused of
    failing in their duty to 64-year-old Selburn Watson in a report
    published in March 2003 by Bristol Council’s department of social
    services and health.

    Director Bill McKitterick said of the inquiry findings: “It is
    clear that Bristol social services did not serve Mr Watson well and
    the service failed him and his family.

    “However, the staff namedÉwere not personally to blame and
    have received a full apology. The three staff are fully supported
    by the council and myself in this very difficult and complex area
    of service.”

    The earlier report had accused the social workers of being guilty
    of malpractice (news, 13 May, 2003). It found that Watson had been
    unfairly treated and had had his human rights disregarded over
    several months in 2001, while social services tried to have him
    admitted to a secure hospital.

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