Eight staff members have been suspended from the Old Deanery care home in Essex after an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama found cases of malpractice and poor care. Secret filming for the “Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed” Panorama TV programme, to be shown on BBC One tonight, discovered some residents being goaded and taunted, ignored for periods of time when requiring assistance or even being handled roughly. Residents pay around £700 per week.
Eight staff members suspended over poor elderly care. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2014.
Possibly also of interest:
Lee, A. (2014). Working under cover in an elderly care home. London: BBC News / BBC Panorama, April 30th 2014.
Related BBC video excerpts:
Care home abuse: staff sacked or suspended over poor care. London: BBC News, April 30th 2014.
Triggle, N. (2014). Care homes: the known and the unknown. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2014.
Video Evidence Re-Considered?
Care Quality Commission figures indicate that over one-third of the care homes in England which have received warning notices since 2011 do not currently meet basic standards. CCTV may help in gathering reliable and consistent information for input to CQC assessment decisions.
Care homes: CCTV ‘could be considered’. London: BBC News, April 30th 2014.