Winterbourne View care home staff jailed for abusing residents
Winterbourne View is a privately-run hospital which cares for up to 24 patients, employs around 50member of staff and is funded by taxpayers.
The whistle-blower at the centre of a 'shocking' case of abuse of adults with learning difficulties first raised his concerns in October. The Government has ordered a report into how warnings of systematic abuse towards vulnerable adults at Winterbourne View residential hospital, in Bristol, were not acted upon by local authorities and England's social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The former nurse at the hospital has been named in reports as Terry Bryan. Despite contacting the care home's management and the CQC on several occasions, his concerns failed to be followed up, according to reports today.
Mr Bryan, a senior nurse, is reported to have started work at the Winterbourne View hospital August 2011.He became concerned about the standard of care and complained to the home's managers in a four-page e-mail in October 2010, but when managers failed to address his concerns, he resigned. According to The Daily Telegraph, he wrote in the four-page email: 'Certain established staff members seem to relish restraint procedures. The publication of the email came as it emerged Britain's care watchdog is to stage dawn raids on institutions across the country following the revelations of ‘barbaric’ abuse.
Ministers also ordered an urgent review into the Care Quality Commission itself after shocking revelations that the watchdog ignored repeated warnings about the appalling treatment there. Police arrested three men and one woman after an undercover reporter shot footage of vulnerable adults at the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol being dragged, punched, slapped and taunted by carers. One member of staff trapped patients under chairs while he sat on them watching television. A female patient had shower gel squirted in her eyes and was left...