Broadmoor Hospital, previously known as the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, has been outfitted with £5000 ($8800) worth of Nintendo Wii gaming thanks to UK taxpayer money.
The high security institution, which is not a prison, treats the likes of rapist and murderer Robert Napper and the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Stucliffe - both of whom are indefinitely confined to the hospital. A source told UK tabloid The Sun that Stucliffe played bowling on the Wii, while Napper looked on.
The Sun then of course had to give its article a typically trashy pun title. ("Resident Wii-vil?" Really?)
"When you think of their crimes and the misery they have caused, you have to ask if it's right for society to pay to entertain them," the source stated. "This cash could have been spent improving care in the wider NHS. In the meantime all we hear is laughter as patients play with their new toys."
The hospital has been outfitted with 22 Nintendo Wii consoles, fitted to plasma TVs. They are so popular that the Broadmoor apparently is ordering extra remotes. The hospital is already home to PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles.
According to a Broadmoor spokesperson, the Wii consoles (and Wii Fit) were part of the patients' treatment and a strategy to increase exercise - even though health experts largely agree that exercise results from the Wii are negligible. But even in such a high security hospital, patients aren't able to take walks? While some of the mentally ill may not be to constructively join the society at large, surely they can take walks on hospital's high security walled grounds.
Killers given Wii games at Broadmoor [The Sun]