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Abused patients from closed care home may be at risk in new placements, investigation shows

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7336
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

New concerns have been raised that some of the patients who were moved out of a disgraced private care home after “horrifying abuse” may have remained at risk in other homes.

NHS figures show that “safeguarding alerts” have been issued for at least 19 of the 51 former patients of Winterbourne View hospital, near Bristol, since they were moved to other care homes.

At least one case involved an assault, and in another a criminal inquiry was under way, according to a BBC Panorama programme broadcast on Monday 29 October.

Safeguarding alerts mean that incidents of concern have been reported to council staff, which could range from accidental …

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