Have things changed since Winterbourne View?

What the BBC and the CQC tell us about abuse of vulnerable patients

An undercover investigation by BBC Panorama (‘Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal’ – 22 May 2019) revealed abuse of vulnerable patients at Whorlton Hall, an independent hospital for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs/autism.  Whorlton Hall was was previously part of the Castlebeck Group (which also ran Winterbourne View) and the Danshell Group.  In 2017 it received aGood’ rating from its regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), despite previous complaints.

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Mendip House – care home abuse exposed

Mendip House is a care home for six adults run by the National Autistic Society.  A recent report from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board has highlighted shocking bullying and abuse reminiscent of the Winterbourne View scandal. One resident was forced to eat chilli and repeatedly thrown in a swimming pool, whilst another had a ribbon put around their neck and was ridden “like a horse”. Staff also took money from residents to pay for their meals.

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