Bristol care home: a failure on every level

Excellent article from Jim Mansell

The Panorama programme Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed showed people being subjected to a regime of systematic brutality and torture by the people supposed to be caring for them. Staff carried out this abuse under the noses of the nurses supposed to be managing them, in a private hospital charging huge amounts of money on the basis that people were receiving “assessment and treatment”. One might ask what kind of assessment it is that doesn’t notice people being assaulted every day; what kind of treatment goads and humiliates people at the end of their tether.

But this isn’t just about wicked staff or weak management. It is about the wrong model of care – people with challenging behaviour being shunted off to these institutions because their local health and social services have not got their act together to provide the kind of support they need locally.



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