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CQC criticised after care home assault

23rd April 2012

The Care Quality Commission is under fire after secret filming revealed an 80-year-old woman being slapped by a carer at a home in London.


The filming was done in secret by Jane Worroll, whose mother was at the care home in Ash Court in London, after she noticed bruises on her relative's arms and legs.

It showed carer Jonathan Aquino slapping Maria Worroll, who has Alzheimer's and arthritis, six times.

After Aquino was found to be guilty of assault and sentenced to 18 months in prison, the CQC said the care home "ensures people who use the service are protected from abuse or the risk of abuse".

The CQC made two visits to the home after the assault was revealed in order to review the standards of care.

It said: "Ash Court ensures that people who use the service are protected from abuse, or the risk of abuse, and their rights are respected and upheld."

Ms Worroll told the BBC: "When I read [the report] it was just another slap around the face. I just felt like they'd basically given [Ash Court] a clean bill of health again, bar two minor adjustments.

"It makes me worry for other people who are potentially about to put a relative into a care home."

Judy Downey, the head of the Relatives and Residents Association, said the CQC report was not a "helpful" or "honest" document.


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