Panorama Exposes Further Care Home Abuse
Care home claims specialists Precision Claims comment on the latest Panorama which illustrates the many issues that continue in our care home system.
Panorama has helped to expose violent mistreatment in a care home for the second time. The BBC One programme, which aired on the 23rd of April, focused on Jane Worrol, the daughter of a 78 year-old Alzheimer’s patient who became suspicious after discovering bruises on her mother’s arms.
Mrs Worrol planted a video recorder in her mother’s room, which uncovered the brutal abuse that was inflicted by Jonathan Aquino; a “care worker” at Ash Court Care Centre in North London. The incident took place in June 2011 and involved the 30 year-old man striking the patient across the face and abdomen.
Mr Aquino was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison. Speaking of the case, Judge Henry Blacksell QC stated:
‘Quite rightly, society in general is extremely concerned about the treatment of the elderly and vulnerable in institutions such as this.
’They should be able to expect better, and I am afraid those who are caught misusing their responsibility should be held to account.’
This isn’t the first time that Panorama has targeted care home abusers. In 2011, another investigation by the BBC programme resulted in four arrests after footage exposed abuse in a care home that specialised in adults with learning disabilities.
Despite these previous convictions, it was reported that the Care Quality Commission did not take Mrs Worrol’s accusations seriously and failed to look at her evidence. Two inspectors had previously spent over 6 hours at the care home but did not detect the abuse and issued a rating of ‘excellent’.
Responding to this latest revelation, Simon Thompson of Precision Claims, commented:
‘It is very worrying to hear that the CQC were reluctant to look into Mrs Worroll’s evidence. It is even more concerning that Ash Court Care Home received an ‘excellent’ rating before this shocking abuse was rightfully exposed.’
‘Unfortunately, as care home claims specialists we see a number of cases where abuse should have been identified sooner. The latest from Panorama shows us that there are still many issues within the care home system that desperately need to be addressed.’
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- Precision Claims
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