Director of Cygnet Health Care hospital accused of abuse earned £625000 – The Times

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A private health company that runs a hospital accused of abusing a patient with mental health problems paid a director £625,000 last year.

Cygnet Woodside, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, which treats men with autism, has been placed in special measures by the watchdog after allegations of abuse by staff. The claims are being investigated by police.

The company that owns it, Cygnet Health Care, earned pre-tax profits of £27.6 million last year and paid its top earning director — thought to be Tony Romero, the chief executive — £625,000.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified “serious risks to patient safety” and suspended the hospital’s good rating for caring after an unannounced inspection in September. Inspectors found a strong odour of urine, damaged walls and

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