A number of nurses at Muckamore Abbey Hospital have had their suspensions overturned following a High Court hearing,

The BBC has reported that the court ruled there was insufficient evidence to justify the suspension of seven nurses at the hospital.

It is understood that the Belfast Trust had been unable to provide the court CCTV footage from the hospital due to an ongoing police investigation.

A previous report commissioned by the Belfast Trust to examine safeguarding procedures over the five years up to 2017 discovered a “culture of tolerating harm” at Muckamore.

A number of staff were suspended and police are currently carrying out an investigation in relation to the hospital.

Relatives of patients at the hospital have called for an independent inquiry to be held into the abuse.

Last month Department of Health (DoH) permanent secretary Richard Pengelly said that he was “shocked and appalled” after viewing CCTV images of Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

The Belfast Trust acknowledged the impact the ruling would have on families of patients at the scandal hit facility.

“We have contacted families directly over the weekend to discuss concerns,” a Belfast Health and Social Care Trust spokesperson told the BBC.

“We appreciate that this is a difficult time.”

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