Abused former mental health patient was ‘repeatedly failed’ by the system


A former mental health patient who was groomed and sexually assaulted by a predator while in a psychiatric unit has said she was repeatedly failed by the system.

In a Sky News interview, Nima Hunt revealed her struggles with PTSD and self-harm four years after the traumatic experiences she suffered as a 16 year old while a patient at Watcombe Hall in Torquay.

Ms Hunt suffered abuse at the hands of Marcus Daniell at the residential psychiatric unit, which was owned and independently managed by The Huntercombe Group, then part of the Four Seasons Health Care Group.

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Ms Hunt said no action was taken despite her telling a member of staff about the abuse.

Mr Daniell was later sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three teenage girls.

Ms Hunt was discharged from Watcombe Hall in June 2017 shortly before the facility was closed.

The Huntercombe Group was transferred from Four Seasons to new ownership in March this year.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Ms Hunt’s case had “shone a spotlight on some profound inadequacy in the mental health provision that we give to children and young people”.

Ms Hunt blamed The Huntercome Group for exposing her to the abuse she suffered.

“They absolutely failed in their duty of care,” she said. “There were so many obvious signs and signals and red flags the entire time I was there as a patient at Watcombe.”

A Four Seasons Health Care Group spokesperson said: “We deeply regret the harm that Miss Hunt experienced while in the care of Watcombe Hall, which at the time was owned and independently managed by The Huntercombe Group. Watcombe Hall failed to meet the expected standards and was subsequently closed in 2017.

“We are unable to comment further on this specific case until any legal action has concluded. Following a restructure which was completed in March of this year, we no longer own the business trading as The Huntercombe Group and cannot comment on current services.”

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