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Minister orders new checks on private care homes after regulator failed to act on abuse

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3482
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government has ordered an urgent review of private hospitals caring for adults with learning disabilities and four care workers have been arrested after an undercover TV programme exposed abuse described by a clinical psychologist as “torture.”

Three men and a woman working at Winterbourne View in Bristol were arrested and bailed by police after a reporter for the BBC Panorama programme secretly filmed workers over a four week period slapping and kicking residents, taunting them, pinning them under chairs, and drenching them with cold water.

Care services minister Paul Burstow announced that the Care Quality Commission (CQC), …

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