Profits Before Care


A report into the abuse scandal at the Winterbourne View Care Home in South Gloucestershire has found that the owners put profitability before humanity, leaving vulnerable patients “chronically under–protected”. The report also criticised the Care Quality Commission, police, social services and the NHS for failing to pick up warning signs about the treatment of  patients. It concluded that they were collectively “unequal to the task” of detecting what was going on. Dr Margaret Flynn, who conducted the serious case review into the home, warned that the case showed how abuse could go undetected “when information about concerns, alerts, complaints, allegations and notifications are either unknown or scattered across agencies”. The Daily Telegraph Editorial calls for CQC to be reformed.


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