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Potential for more care home scandals

7th August 2012

Two charities have said there is a real risk of abuse at care homes unless the government deals with issues raised by their report.

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The report, called Out of Sight, has warned that a repeat of the Winterbourne View care home scandal could be a possibility if patients were moved far from their homes.

The BBC's Panorama programme covertly filmed abuse of patients at the Bristol care home which led to 11 people admitting they caused patients neglect or harm.

The review showed relatives had reported problems such as physical and sexual abuse.

The two charities said many patients with learning disabilities were treated at homes similar to Winterbourne View.

Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring said: "We fear that unless the government commits to a strong action plan to close large institutions and develop appropriate local services for people with a learning disability, there is a very real risk that another Winterbourne View will come to light."

Vivien Cooper, founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, stated that the charities had "deep concerns" about patients' safety.

"Many hundreds of people with a learning disability are being sent away to care institutions hundreds of miles from home, where they remain for years unnecessarily, at risk of neglect and abuse," she added. 


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