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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

BBC Panorama care home investigation: four arrested

BBC Panorama care home investigation: four arrested

Police have arrested four people amid allegations that carers routinely abused vulnerable adults with learning difficulties.

By Steven Swinford, 6:36AM BST 01 Jun 2011

Avon and Somerset police launched a probe after undercover footage of the apparent misconduct at Winterbourne View, in Bristol, was recorded by investigators from BBC's Panorama programme.

The hospital's operator Castlebeck said it was "distressed" and "shocked" by the accusations that workers physically and verbally abused residents on a daily basis.

The Panorama investigation, broadcast last night, found that staff at the care home bullied and assaulted residents on a daily basis, leading to 13 of them being suspended.

Three men and one woman had been arrested, according to the BBC.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of learning disability charity Mencap, this morning called for the hospital to be closed down.


Tim said...

The thing about care homes is that they are supposed to do what it says on the tin - care. The residents are fully entitled to be kept safe. This was the ultimate abuse of power.

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