Two Auckland health providers have been ordered to pay compensation after unlawfully holding a woman in a dementia unit for over a year.
A report by the Healthy and Disability Commissioner shows Taikura Trust and Oak Park rest home held the 43-year-old in conditions described as worse than a prison.
It says the providers wrongly assumed there was a court order in place allowing them to detain the woman, who had alcohol and mental health issues.
The report says she became increasingly frustrated and depressed while forced to live in the dementia unit until the error was discovered.
She has since died, and the compensation will be paid to her family.