By Emma Reynolds
10 care home workers charged with neglect after undercover filming ‘exposes abuse’
Ten care workers from just one home for vulnerable adults were today charged with neglect after an undercover documentary exposed the alleged abuse.
The shocking footage recorded for BBC show Panorama appeared to show disabled patients being slapped, kicked, sat on and taunted at Winterbourne View care home in Bristol.
Panorama journalist Joe Casey secretly filmed people with autism and learning difficulties apparently being pinned down and drenched in water by staff, and dragged into showers fully clothed.
Wayne Rogers, 30, Graham Doyle, 25, Allison Dove, 24, Jason Gardiner, 42, Charlotte Cotterell, 21, Holly Draper, 22, Michael Ezenagu, 28, Kelvin Fore, 32, Sookalingun Appoo, 58 and Danny Brake, 26, have all been charged in connection with ill treatment and neglect offences under the Mental Health Act.
The privately-owned, 24-bed home was closed down after the five-week BBC investigation.
Police launched an inquiry after being shown footage of the alleged abuse, and the ten care workers now face a total of 40 charges against four victims between them.
Three men aged 25, 27 and 41 were also arrested on suspicion of causing ill treatment under the Mental Capacity Act and remain on police bail pending further enquiries.
Police also revealed that a 14th person – a 40-year-old man – who was arrested on suspicion of common assault, has been released without charge.
The BBC had been tipped off by whistle-blower Terry Bryan, a former senior nurse at Winterbourne, who repeatedly approached authorities with his concerns.
Mr Casey, who got a job as a support worker so he could investigate the claims, said: ‘On a near-daily basis, I watched as some of the very people entrusted with the care of society’s most vulnerable targeted patients – often, it seemed, for their own amusement.
‘They are scenes of torment that are not easily forgotten.’
Andrew McDonnell, a leading expert in working with adults with mental disabilities, labelled some of the actions captured on film ‘torture’
Mr McDonnell, a clinical psychologist, said he was shocked by the treatment of vulnerable patients at the hands of those charged with their care.
Castlebeck Care – which owned Winterbourne and has 24 other facilities across the country – closed the home on June 24, after transferring all patients to alternative services.
Winterbourne was found to have ‘systematically failed’ to protect patients from abuse, a damning report ruled in July.
Panorama’s Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed was broadcast on BBC One on May 31 and is available to view in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.