Thursday, June 2, 2011

Care homes face dawn raids after 'barbaric' abuse is exposed at private hospital - 2nd June 2011

Britain's care watchdog is to stage dawn raids on institutions across the country after revelations of ‘barbaric’ abuse of patients with learning disabilities at a residential hospital.

Ministers also ordered an urgent review into the Care Quality Commission itself after shocking revelations that the watchdog ignored repeated warnings about the appalling treatment there.

Police arrested three men and one woman yesterday after an undercover reporter shot footage of vulnerable adults at the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol being dragged, punched, slapped and taunted by carers.

One member of staff trapped patients under chairs while he sat on them watching television.

A female patient had shower gel squirted in her eyes and was left in a freezing garden after having a jug of cold water poured over her.

She was also asked by a carer: ‘Do you want me to get out a cheese grater and grate your face off?

‘Do you want me to turn you into a giant pepperoni? Shall I get a razor and cut you up?’ he added.

England’s social care regulator last night issued an ‘unreserved apology’ after admitting it failed to respond to warnings of abuse.

But amid calls for the CQC to be disbanded and replaced, its chairman, Dame Jo Williams, insisted she would not resign, blaming ‘an unforgivable error of judgment’ by staff for the failure to act.

She confirmed a former nurse had contacted the Commission at least twice to complain about treatment of residents at the hospital. Read More