- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital officials say they are now in compliance after the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection found that the facility violated federal regulations.

Following an unannounced visit on March 24, DLP officials determined that the hospital failed to “provide sufficient interventions to assure each patient’s rights are protected.”

BMH CEO Steve Gordon says the agency launched the audit after receiving complaints about the care of an individual.

The DLP’s report, released Tuesday, detailed two incidents that prompted their visit.

The first involved a mentally ill patient who was prematurely confined to physical restraints by emergency room staff, who then failed to remove them in a timely fashion

The second incident pertained to the use of “unnecessary force” when Brattleboro police officers assisted in subduing a mental health patient.

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