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Ministers To Strengthen Safeguards For Adults In Care After Panorama Investigation

June 5, 2011

Lets hope these promises are kept by the Government.

Vulnerable adults in care in England are to be given more protection from abuse, the government has said.

The pledge comes after a BBC Panorama investigation showed staff at a privately run hospital mistreating adults with learning disabilities.

Details of “safeguarding” boards like to those for vulnerable children are to be published within a fortnight.

Health Minister Paul Burstow said he was committed to strengthening the safeguards for vulnerable adults.

Mr Burstow told the BBC: “It comes as a surprise to people that the statutory basis for the safeguarding of vulnerable adults in this country is much weaker than that which exists for children.

“I’m committed to follow through on some recommendations we have received recently from the Law Commission to implement statutory safeguarding rules that will require the police the NHS, social services to work together.”

Punched and slapped

Mr Burstow had already accepted the need to introduce the changes, but the broadcast of footage of people with learning difficulties being punched, slapped and taunted by carers had focused public attention on the issue, officials said.

During five weeks spent filming undercover at Winterbourne View in Bristol, Panorama’s reporter captured footage of some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients being repeatedly pinned down, slapped, dragged into showers while fully clothed, taunted and teased.

The hospital is a privately owned, purpose-built, 24-bed facility and is taxpayer-funded.

Four people have been released on police bail and 13 members of staff suspended by owners Castlebeck.

The care home regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), gave an unreserved apology last week for failing to act on warnings by whistleblower Terry Bryan about the abuse.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. John Hargrave permalink
    June 6, 2011 6:41 am

    Unfortunately it is too little too late again. The government rhetoric is the same as always, but the subject will be ‘forgotten’ in a fortnight’s time and the same old thing will carry on happening as though nothing has changed. It is about time they stopped talking and actually do something to tackle these issues. How many times have we been here before! Am I cynical or what!

  2. June 6, 2011 9:40 am

    This will need more than safeguarding as its all about attitude in general to people with disabilities.

  3. *Stargazer permalink
    June 15, 2011 3:00 am

    It’s 2011; to the average Joe it beggars belief this crime happens at all.

    Thanks to Panorama, more people now aware this kind of thing DOES happen, in 2011, as it did in 1911.
    How backward is that? I know there’s a recession on but really, is this the best we can do?
    This is just one place in one town. What is going on up and down the country every day – do I want to know?
    Are we really a civilised society anymore? Doesn’t look much like it, if this is an accurate representation of the real day-to-day attitudes towards disabled people.

    Yes John you’re cynical; as am I – as are the many people who have dared put their heads above the parapet only to have them lopped off. There will be wringing of hands and much postulation, but I don’t truly believe a wholly positive outcome will take effect – where will they get the money from for that?
    If you complain or get upset you’re abusive – but they can treat you like dirt.
    We live in the best example of a pretend democracy there is – the establishment (sometimes) ask us what we want, then they do what the hell they like anyway!

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