Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Arrest over hospital sex claims

A hospital worker has been questioned as part of a probe into alleged sex assaults

A hospital worker has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations that patients were sexually assaulted, police have confirmed.

Bedfordshire Police said the member of staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital had been released on bail pending further inquiries into a number of alleged serious sexual offences against former patients at the site.

The employee, whose age and gender have not been disclosed, has been suspended by the NHS foundation trust which runs the hospital after allegations were made about staff conduct on an adult ward.

A police spokesman said: "Bedfordshire Police are conducting an investigation into a number of alleged serious sexual offences on former patients of ward 17 at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

"A member of staff from the hospital has been arrested, questioned and released on police bail."

Bedfordshire Police, which said it is working "collaboratively" with the hospital, is advising former patients on the ward who have concerns to contact the county's Vulnerable Adults Investigation Unit.

A spokesman for the Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said senior managers had taken immediate action to inform the police following recent allegations made by patients.

The spokesman added: "The hospital has written to all patients who were cared for in the recent past on the ward to find out if there are any other concerns.

"The allegations relate to staff conduct and do not relate to any clinical issues or the medical treatment of patients."

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