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Report of the Farleigh Inquiry.


Report of the Farleigh Hospital Committee of Inquiry, Cmnd 4557. [Tasker Watkins Chairman].  Farleigh was a long-term hospital in the west of England. It had started life as an early Victorian workhouse and some of the original buildings were still in use at the time of the enquiry. In the early 1970s it accommodated 270 “mentally handicapped and severely mentally handicapped” male adults, who for the most part lived an extremely physically and socially isolated existence, an isolation that extended to the hospital itself and its administration in respect to developments in the care of the mentally handicapped.