CQC to shut abuse scandal hospital within weeks

The learning disability hospital at the centre of an abuse scandal, Winterbourne View in Bristol, is to be closed by the Care Quality Commission, Community Care has learned.

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The learning disability hospital at the centre of an abuse scandal is to be closed by the Care Quality Commission, Community Care has learned.

Earlier this week BBC Panorama exposed a pattern of abuse at Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol. The case has resulted in four arrests and the suspension of 13 staff.

A source close to the case confirmed to Community Care that enforcement action was being taken with a view to closure within weeks.

NHS South West is already considering where to rehouse residents of the 24-bed hospital. Many of the places are commissioned by primary care trusts, which are overseen by NHS South West.

“Following initial checks, and a subsequent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, it has been agreed that patients should move to alternative facilities at the earliest opportunity,” an NHS South West spokesperson said.

“This must happen as soon as possible, taking into account the specialist needs of these patients and the wishes of relatives and carers.”

David Congdon, head of policy at Mencap, said: “The abuse uncovered at Winterbourne is appalling and although we will be pleased if this closure goes ahead, it is absolutely vital that the right steps are taken to ensure the appropriate care is arranged for the vulnerable people involved. We want to see less places like Winterbourne and more person-centred care that focuses on the individual.”

The CQC said it was unable to comment on the action it is taking for legal reasons.

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