11 care workers who admit abusing and/or neglecting patients at the former Winterbourne View hospital are due to be sentenced this week
A serious case review into abuse at the Winterbourne View care home in South Gloucestershire has been published today.
Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation say they've received 260 reports of ill-treatment in other care homes.
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.
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.
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.
– Nursing & Midwifery Council Panel's statement
"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."
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.
Directors of care homes such as Winterbourne View near Bristol where patients suffered neglect could be held criminally accountable under plans announced by the Care Minister Norman Lamb:
Eleven care workers from the hospital near Bristol were sentenced last year for abusing and neglecting patients following an undercover television documentary.
– Norman Lamb MP, Care and Support Minister.
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.
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."
The company that ran Winterbourne View care home, where 11 staff admitted abusing vulnerable people in their care, has called in administrators.
The home in South Gloucestershire became the focus of national attention when undercover cameras caught staff beating, tormenting and bullying patients.
The home's owner, Castlebeck, partly blames the fall-out for their financial difficulty. Bob Constantine reports.