Panorama: Let this be the last ever scandal

Immediate Release
23 May 2019 

Commenting on BBC One’s Panorama programme aired last night on undercover hospital abuse, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says: 

“The findings of this undercover programme are utterly shocking.  The behaviour of the staff is utterly deplorable and frankly totally inexplicable”. 

The programme showed endemic abuse of adults with learning disabilities in a hospital in Durham with a shocking scale of abuse; verbal, physical and emotional. 

Martin Green continues: 

“It is unacceptable that eight years after Winterbourne View abuse has not been stamped out.  Care England wants to work with the health and care system to see more people cared for in local communities.  It is essential that commissioners, the regulator CQC and providers of care homes, supported living and other housing settings work together to increase community capacity for people currently in hospitals.  This is a process that should be led by, and reflect the needs and ambitions, of people with learning disabilities and their families”. 

Care England will ensure that it works with CQC as it starts the next phase of its investigation into other care settings.


 Notes to editors: 

1)       Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care

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