There have been nearly 500 assaults a year at a facility for people with intellectual disabilities that has 12 beds.

The physical and sexual assaults at Dunedin's Ward 10A have sparked calls for better staffing and facilities, and come after Auckland's Mason Clinic reported "severe" health and safety risks.

Southland DHB initially refused to provide any information on incidents within the medium secure service ward of Wakari Hospital, which holds people with an intellectual disability or with both an intellectual disability and mental health issues.

The Herald complained to the Ombudsman, and information now released shows a high number of

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