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People die here

Author:
FISER Ivan
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 13.7.03, 2003, p.41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Briefly reports on care homes for adults with learning difficulties in Bulgaria, where conditions continue to be poor and residents have died for lack of medication.

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Unchecked cruelty

Author:
FISER Ivan
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.07.03, 2003, p.45.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on an inquiry's failure to bring prosecutions or recommend safeguards to prevent future ill-treatment of children with learning difficulties in state homes in Bulgaria.

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Institutions remain dumping grounds for forgotten people

Author:
TAVANIER Yana Buhrer
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 15(2), April 2010, pp.4-14.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article highlights a study conducted undercover in institutions for adults with intellectual and mental health disabilities in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. It found evidence of human rights abuses, inhuman and degrading treatment, and severe neglect. The author suggests that reform is coming too slowly to institutions for adults with intellectual and mental health disabilities in these countries, where chronic neglect, filthy conditions, and the use of physical restraints and high-dosage drugs to control behaviour remain routine. The author describes, from a personal perspective, many of the failings in the care system with the three countries, and highlights how much of the abuse is conducted behind closed doors, in an effort to hide the true extent of the problem – which, if disclosed, may have ramifications for EU grants to these countries.

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