CQC disciplines staff over Winterbourne View case

A member of staff at the Care Quality Commission has already been disciplined, following the Winterbourne View abuse scandal.

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A member of staff at the Care Quality Commission has already been disciplined following the Winterbourne View abuse scandal.

Jo Williams, chair of the CQC, said more staff may yet be disciplined when an internal review into the regulator’s handling of the case is completed.

Last month the BBC’s Panorama programme showed footage of abuse at Winterbourne View, a hospital for people with learning disabilities in Bristol. It emerged that the CQC had been informed of the abuse in December 2010 but had not acted, believing local safeguarding agencies would do so.

The CQC is conducting an internal review to establish the failings in this case. It has yet to reveal what sanctions have been taken against the staff member already disciplined.

“We have gone through the disciplinary process and we are also looking at our whole systems,” Williams told Community Care.

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