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Whorlton Hall: Advisers quit government review in protest at CQC’s handling of abuse scandal

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 21 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4368
  1. Anthony Harwood
  1. London

Four members of the government’s review into the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation of people with learning disabilities and autism have resigned in protest at the Care Quality Commission’s handling of the Whorlton Hall scandal.

England’s health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, commissioned the review from the CQC in December 2018 in response to concerns about the treatment of patients in secure hospitals. The CQC released an interim report on the review last month, which said that a high proportion of people in segregation had autism and that many staff lacked the necessary training and skills to look after them. The final report is due in March 2020.

But four members of the review’s expert …

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