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Regulator finds catalogue of failings at Bristol centre exposed by television documentary

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4634
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

Winterbourne View, the learning disabilities hospital exposed by a BBC Panorama programme earlier this year, was guilty of “a systemic failure to protect people [and] to investigate allegations of abuse,” the health watchdog for England, the Care Quality Commission, has said.

The alleged abuse of patients revealed by Panorama’s secret filming at the Bristol assessment and treatment centre has led to an investigation by the commission of all services run by Castlebeck Care, Winterbourne View’s owner, and the arrest of 12 people (BMJ 2011;342:d3482, doi:10.1136/bmj.d3482).

The commission has admitted that it failed to act quickly enough after …

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