Knesset panel demands a limit on restraining psychiatric patients

The Health Ministry estimates that in the past year, some 4,000 psychiatric patients underwent “tying” to restrict their movements in mental institutions.

In a noisy session of the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee on Monday that was dedicated to isolating and restraining patients, ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov said staffers do their best with the means at their disposal.

“We are in the midst of change, and the situation today is better than it was not very long ago. If we demonize or dehumanize the staff of psychiatric hospitals, this progress and change will be halted.”


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