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Alzheimer’s patients had ears mutilated

Surveillance cameras have been set up inside a state care facility in Thessaloniki after three elderly patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease were found with mutilated earlobes, Deputy Health Minister Giorgos Constantopoulos said yesterday. Authorities at the Aghios Panteleimonas facility, which accommodates 430 mentally and physically disabled patients, set up the cameras following the completion of an internal investigation into the injuries, the first of which occurred in March, the next in May and the most recent on June 6, Constantopoulos said. He did not say whether anyone had been implicated. The injuries – which all occurred on weekends, when visiting hours apply – had all been reported to police immediately, according to the facility’s director, Efstathios Constantinidis.