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Winterbourne View Report

11 care workers have now pleaded guilty to ill treating or neglecting patients at Winterbourne View hospital near Bristol. A serious case review into abuse at the care home is due to be published today.

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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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