Government moves to legally define use of cage beds

The use of cage beds in health and social care facilities should be defined by law, the government voted on Wednesday. The absence of legally defined conditions surrounding the use of cage beds in the Czech Republic has come under fire from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. There are calls from within the government to regulate the use of cage beds - alongside other means of restriction such as straightjackets - in the law on public health or the health services’ law. Cage beds were outlawed in Czech social care facilities in 2005, in the same year, the government brought out a series of recommendations to govern their use in the country’s psychiatric facilities. A recent BBC report which claimed that Czech children’s homes were still using cage beds illegally again brought the controversial topic into the public eye.

Author: Rosie Johnston