'Serious concerns' over Government steps to protect Winterbourne patients

Shadow care services minister Liz Kendall called for Mr Lamb's statement on Winterbourne View in the wake of a further Panorama broadcast last night which suggested problems existed in other hospitals.

There remain serious concerns about whether the Government has taken all necessary steps to ensure the former patients of Winterbourne View are now receiving safe and effective care.

Last night's Panorama programme revealed 19 patients have been subject to safeguarding alerts since leaving Winterbourne View. Not all of these alerts mean someone has been harmed but Panorama says one was an incident of assault and another has resulted in a criminal investigation.

– Liz Kendall

Ms Kendall said that, while it was right that home operators were responsible for safety, ministers set policy and were responsible for ensuring implementation.