Winterbourne View care home abuse reveals the 'criminal acts' nurses and carers are capable of, Health Minister warns Norman Lamb says there is 'no excuse' for the treatment of patients and warns too many with learning disabilities are detained in residential homes BBC's Panorama exposed horrific abuse at Winterbourne View last year Reporter claims 19 former patients have been subjects of investigations into their wellbeing in their new homes Former Winterbourne patient Simone was restrained 12 times in four hours at her new care home Postern House Last week 11 former care home workers were sentenced for the abuse
he abuse of patients at the notorious Winterbourne View care home revealed the ‘criminal and inhuman acts’ some nurses and carers are capable of, health minister Norman Lamb said today. He said there was ‘no excuse’ for the ‘horrifying’ treatment meted out by staff, as he published a report warning too many people were placed in specialist inpatient learning disability services and many stay there for too long. Mr Lamb’s condemnation came as it emerged patients rescued from Winterbourne View have since been injured or abused at their new homes.
The authorities had repeatedly failed to act on warnings about inhumane and ‘hate-fuelled’ treatment of patients with mental health problems, and police made arrests only after video of mistreatment was broadcast by BBC1’s Panorama programme. In a statement today Mr Lamb, minister of state for care services, said: 'This terrible case has revealed the criminal and inhuman acts some care workers and nurses are capable of. 'I want this case to reinforce to everyone, from frontline workers to regulators, service commissioners, managers and board members, that they have a responsibility in preventing abuse of vulnerable people. 'The abuse of patients at Winterbourne View hospital was horrifying. This was criminal behaviour - unacceptable in any part of our society, but particularly distressing given that these...
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