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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: have lessons been learnt from Winterbourne View?

It has been revealed that safeguarding alerts have been issued for at least 19 of the 51 former residents of Winterbourne View since they were moved to other care homes.

At least one of the safeguarding alerts relates to an assault of a former Winterbourne View resident and one criminal inquiry is under way.

Have any improvements in learning disability care been made since the Winterbourne View scandal? Why do some care home services fail people with learning disabilities?

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Readers' comments (5)

  • bring back specialist training for nurses, no more of this general RN training.

    care home services fail people because they don't care, the staff are not professionally trained, they are only out to make money

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  • Maybe the new Speaking Up Charter will now help nurses to raise concerns

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  • How about developing learning disability nursing?

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  • People with learning disabilities must be cared for closer to their family homes. Don't let these people be out of sight and out of mind

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  • The short answer is sadly NO ! It would appear from this article that the willingness to act on safeguarding alerts made in Wiltshire/ Glos/ Avon and Somerset encounter considerable difficulties, given the number of alerts raised once patients had been moved to their new care facilities. Having personally raised safeguarding alerts with Wiltshire Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust and through my Wiltshire NHS GP, all of which were subjected to a multi agency cover up of the true facts, with no action being taken by the GP or the mental health trust when ive made detailed reports, the systems in place to protect the vulnerable-elderly-disabled are still set up and run to fail, and the abuse of this patient continues to this day. TWO MH patients that lived within a few hundred yards from me have comimitted suicide recently, one setting fire to herself, another hanging herself in a local pub car park ! So sad to see these needless loss of lives - if only the agencies responsible had acted in these cases, some duty of care we have now !

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