Solar Centre workers in court on abuse charges

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Two mental health workers have appeared in court charged with mistreating and neglecting patients at a mental health unit in Doncaster.

Julie Burge, 48, and Michael Barnard, 49, worked at the Solar Centre at St Catherine's Hospital at the time of the alleged offences.

Mr Barnard faces eight charges and Ms Burge is charged with three offences between January 2005 and March 2007.

Doncaster magistrates bailed them to return to court on 26 October.

Two other workers, Susan Murphy, 43, and James Hinds, 59, appeared before the same court last month also charged with ill-treatment and wilful neglect.

The charges relate to 18 patients at the centre.

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