Sentencing of Winterbourne View workers

11 care workers who admit abusing and/or neglecting patients at the former Winterbourne View hospital are due to be sentenced this week

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Abuse victims' families saddened by "lack of progress"

11 care workers admitted a total of 38 charges relating to the abuse of patients at Winterbourne View Credit: ITV News West Country

The families of patients who were abused at the Winterbourne View care home say there's been a "lack of progress" in the treatment of people living with learning disabilities.

They sent a letter to the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb, telling him they were "saddened" that so many people with learning disabilities are forced to live in treatment units miles away from their families.

11 care workers admitted a total of 38 charges relating to the abuse and neglect of patients at Winterbourne View in South Gloucestershire last year.

Plans for hidden cameras in care homes

A controversial plan to install hidden cameras to check for abuse in care homes is being considered by the industry's regulator. It follows undercover filming which showed mistreatment of patients at Winterbourne View near Bristol.

It's part of a consultation announced by the head of the Care Quality Commission today. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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Full report: minister meets family affected by care home scandal

The Care Services Minister has been in Somerset today meeting one of the families affected by the Winterborne View scandal. Eleven people were convicted after they were recorded abusing residents at the Bristol home.

Sam Sollars was a resident there, and his father Steve has been campaigning for a Government enquiry into care for vulnerable people. Bob Cruwys sends this report from Somerset.

Care Minister meets father of Winterbourne View resident

Care Minister Norman Lamb meeting Steve Sollars. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Care Services Minister was in Somerset on Thursday to meet one of the families affected by the Winterbourne View care home scandal.

11 people received prison sentences after they were recorded abusing residents at the Bristol home.

Sam Sollars was a resident there and his father Steve has been campaigning for a Government enquiry into care for vulnerable people.

Care Minister Norman Lamb meeting Steve Sollars. Credit: ITV News West Country

Care Home scandal nurse struck off

A nurse jailed for his part in the Winterbourne View care home scandal has been struck off the nursing register.

Sookalingum Appoo was previously sentenced to six months in prison for wilfully neglecting patient Simone Blake at the private mental health hospital in South Gloucestershire.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise hearing found there remained a "substantial risk" of Appoo carrying out similar offences and causing further damage to the profession.Appoo, who worked as a nurse for 37 years before the scandal, did not attend the hearing in London.

"The panel considered that the convictions and in particular the facts surrounding them, which were directly related to his practice as a registered nurse and treatment of residents, brought the reputation of the profession to disrepute.. ...

"The panel considered that the protection of the public and the importance of upholding proper standards of conduct in the profession and in the Nursing and Midwifery Council as regulator is such that it has no hesitation in finding that Mr Appoo's fitness to practise is currently impaired by reason of his conviction."

– Nursing & Midwifery Council Panel's statement

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Winterbourne nurse exposed on TV is struck off

A nurse jailed for his involvement in the abuse of patients at the Winterbourne View care home in South Gloucestershire has been struck off.

Kelvin Fore, 33, was one of a number of staff exposed by secret filming for a BBC Panorama documentary in 2011. He was jailed for six months in October 2012 after pleading guilty to the wilful neglect of a patient.

He had stood and watched as a woman with learning difficulties was physically abused by a colleague and had then failed to report it. The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided he should be struck off after a hearing in London today.

Care home bosses will not be jailed

We're not jailing but it would be unlimited fines and it will be for the awful cases.

If you break the fundamental standards that you have to comply with as a provider of care, and you are responsible for that, there are consequences, and I think that's what the public expect.

There's also a culture when awful things happen, there's a cover up, people get paid off, they get gagged from talking about it. That has to end.

These pay offs have to end and people at the top of the organisation should be held to account."

– Norman Lamb MP, Care and Support Minister.

Care home bosses could be held 'criminally accountable'

Scandals like Winterbourne View and Mid-Staffs have damaged confidence in our health and care system.

Part of our commitment to rebuilding that trust comes from making sure that people at all levels are held to account for failings when they occur.

Whilst there must be a sharper focus on corporate accountability, more needs to be done to ensure those responsible for leading a care organisation are up to the job.

I hope that providers and people who use services and their families will respond to this consultation as we look to take these proposals forward."

– Norman Lamb MP, Care and Support Minister.
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