Susan Boyle ‘needs Priory care for weeks’

Doctors at private clinic say: 'This is not a rest home or a spa, it's a psychiatric hospital'

Doctors caring for Susan Boyle say the Scottish star may require weeks of care at The Priory, meaning she would miss the Britain’s Got Talent tour, which is set to start a week on Friday.

The 48-year-old singing sensation was rushed to the private clinic on Sunday evening, after a reported anxiety attack following the talent show’s Saturday night final.

Boyle came second in the competition, behind dance group Diversity and it is thought she collapsed due to exhaustion once the show had wrapped.

Professor Chris Thompson, the chief medical officer of The Priory has spoken out about the care being provided for Boyle, saying: ‘I cannot talk specifically about Susan Boyle but any admission to a psychiatric hospital for a matter of days is, in my opinion, a failed admission, because either it was unnecessary in the first place or the job hasn’t been done fully.’

Mr Thompson was keen to stress that the private clinic ‘is not a rest home and it’s not a spa. It is a psychiatric hospital.’

He continued by describing the seriousness of Boyle’s situation, adding: ‘I read Susan Boyle was assessed under the Mental Health Act. It implies compulsory admission.

‘It implies there was a degree of personal risk. Secondarily that implies she did not want to come into hospital voluntarily.’

Mr Thompson’s comments contradict those of the producers of Britain’s Got Talent, who claim the singing sensation simply needs a long rest.

Show judge Amanda Holden insisted this week that the West Lothian star had ‘no underlying mental issues’, but was merely exhausted after the pressure of global recognition in the seven weeks leading up to the show’s final.

Thousands of tickets have been sold for the BGT tour and promoters have announced seven more tour dates, but it is unknown whether Boyle, who suffers from learning difficulties, will be well enough to perform.

News broke yesterday that an Ofcom enquiry may be on the cards to investigate whether ITV breached its broadcasting code for their lack of care of the singer.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has demanded a review of the broadcasting code to fully protect contestants who appear vulnerable when thrust into the limelight.

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