After eleven care workers plead guilty to the ill-treatment of patients at the Winterbourne View care home near Bristol, Castlebeck - it's owners - respond.
The treatment of patients by former members of staff at Winterbourne View... was entirely unacceptable and we deeply regret this.
Over the last 15 months significant changes have taken place throughout the group to ensure and maintain the welfare and safety of all those who use our services. This is a continuing process and remains our top priority at all times.
The 150 special reports on learning disability services... undertaken by CQC demonstrated that the events at Winterbourne View were a wake-up call to the sector as a whole.
Relatives of a number of former Winterbourne View residents have concerns they may have been ill treated as well.Read the full story ›
If two former nurses at Winterbourne View hadn't taken their concerns to the media, no one may have known the true extent of abuse there.Read the full story ›
All 11 workers who were charged with ill-treatment of patients at the Winterbourne View care home near Bristol have now pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later.
The defendants are:
- Michael Ezenagu, 29, of Malabar Court, India Way, Hammersmith, West London
- Graham Doyle, 25, address not known
- Jason Gardiner, 43, of Mellent Avenue, Bristol
- Danny Brake, 27, of Beechen Drive, Fishponds, Bristol
- Sookalingum Appoo, 58, of Dial Lane, Bristol
- Wayne Rogers, 31, of Purton Close, Bristol
- Alison Dove, 25, of Chipperfield Drive, Bristol
- Holly Draper, 23, of The Old Orchard, Mangotsfield, Bristol
- Charlotte Cotterell, 21, of Melrose Avenue, Yate, Bristol
- Neil Ferguson, 27, of Emersons Green, Bristol
- Kelvin Fore, 33, of Ellesmere Walk, Middlesbrough
Detective Chief Superintendent Louisa Rolfe issued the following statement outside Bristol Crown Court today:
The last care worker charged with ill-treating patients at Winterbourne View Hospital near Bristol has appeared in court to plead guilty.
It means 11 members of staff have now admitted abusing or neglecting vulnerable mental health patients.
Ann Reddrop from the Crown Prosecution Service read out the following statement outside Bristol Crown Court:
Safety and security, and the ability to live free from fear and harassment, are fundamental human rights. The kind of offending that took place at Winterbourne View undermined these rights in an appalling and systematically brutal way.
The CPS has treated these as Disability Hate Crimes, which we regard as particularly serious.
The eleven individuals abused the trust of victims and that of their relatives and friends. They have all pleaded guilty to criminal offences of ill treatment and neglect as detailed within the Mental Health Act.
Had it not been for the actions of individuals who raised concerns about the neglect and cruelty suffered by the victims at Winterbourne View, this wholly unacceptable behaviour would have continued unchecked.
We now await sentencing which will bring the criminal justice process to a final conclusion."
Michael Ezenugu pleaded guilty to two charges of ill treatment at Bristol Crown Court today. A total of 11 people have now pleaded guilty to ill treatment whilst working at the Winterbourne View care home in South Gloucestershire.
Two former staff alleged to have abused mental health patients at a hospital in South Gloucestershire will face trial later this year.
Michael Ezenagu and Charlotte Cotterell deny ill-treating patients at Winterbourne View in Hambrook. Nine other staff members have admitted similar charges.