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Council of Europe criticizes Bulgaria’s psychiatric institutions

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The treatment, conditions and legal guarantees for psychiatric patients in Bulgarian social institutions remain inconsistent with the recommendations of the Council of Europe, a report by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture reads. In August 2020, a delegation of the committee visited three state psychiatric hospitals- "St. Ivan Rilski ” in Sofia, the State Psychiatric Hospital in Tsarev Brod and the psychiatric hospital in the town of Byala. The care homes for people with developmental disabilities in the villages of Kudelin, Samuil and Govezhda were also visited by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, BGNES reported.

There are care homes with extremely unacceptable conditions, Bulgaria’s Minister of Labor and Social Policy Denitsa Sacheva commented. 28 care homes will be closed, including those in Kudelin, Govezhda and Samuil, Minister Sacheva said.


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