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DH review will consider national lessons from Winterbourne

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The government is to investigate if there are “systemic ” problems with the way learning disabilities patients are cared for, as part of a review into events at the Winterbourne View care home.

The home, in Bristol , which was featured earlier this month in a BBC episode of Panorama and closed on 24 June, has been made the subject of a Department of Health review – the terms of reference for which were published last week.

The DH said the review would establish “the facts” about the case, identify any systemic issues needing to be addressed, learn lessons for the future and identify any necessary action for government.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has suspended the registration of two nurses who worked at the home – Sookalingum Appoo and Kelvin Fore – pending a full investigation. A criminal investigation is also currently underway.

Secret BBC recordings showed carers punching and slapping residents, dousing them in cold water, and pinning them to the ground with chairs.

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  • Well we can hope but as yet nothing has been learnt from all the other inquiries, and managers failing to take action about these situations, when they must have an idea what is happening.
    And the cost to tax payers is unknown when managers silence whistleblowers who subsequently take them to employment tribunal where they settle ‘on the steps’ for undisclosed amounts.
    Julie Fagan, founder member of CAUSE

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