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Further care home scandals like Winterbourne are likely without action, warn campaigners

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5379 (Published 07 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5379
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Abuse scandals at care homes for people with learning disabilities similar to that at Winterbourne View are likely to recur if the government fails to act, campaigners have warned.

The warning comes at the same time as a multiagency report described as painting a “horrifying picture of abuse” called for more investment in community based care for people with learning disabilities.

The focus of both reports is the case of the former Winterbourne View private hospital in south Gloucestershire, owned and operated by Castlebeck Limited.

In May last year the BBC’s Panorama programme broadcast undercover filming of staff at the privately run assessment and treatment centre as they physically abused residents.1 2 …

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