Winterbourne View Abuse Report

Winterbourne View abuse caught on film

    Winterbourne View was a privately owned, purpose-built, 24-bed, taxpayer-funded facility. It cared for people with learning disabilities and autism. BBC Panorama was approached by a former senior nurse at the hospital who was deeply concerned about the behaviour of some of the support workers caring for patients. Mr Bryant previously reported his concerns to both management at Winterobourne Viewand to CQC, but his complaint was not taken up. While secretly filming the Panorama reporter captured support workers physically and verbally abusing people. Patients were kicked, slapped, had their body parts dislocated from unnecessary restraints. On one occasion a patient was doused with cold water fully clothed and taken outside afterwords and left shiwering in the winter cold.

    Panorama reporter Jon Casey said he was shocked by what he witnessed. "On a near-dayly 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 entertainment. There are scenes of torment that not easily forgotten." he said.
  One of the patients Simone told her mother that her hair had been pulled and that she had been kicked and hit. The mother said to the reporter "I said no to Simone, this woudn't happen, they are not allowed to do that." She said if she ever questioned anything she was always given logical explanation from professionals that she accepted.
  Mr Dove, one of the convicted former support workers said to the judge at the court hearing, "Things were born of boredom during long shifts. I had viewed patients as playhtings."
  Mr McDonnell a clinical psychologist told Panorama after viewing the footage,"This is a theraputic environment. Where is the therapy in this? I would argue this is torture."
  The chief executive of the hospital's owner Castleback Lee Reed said he was "ashamed" by what happened. "All I can do is unreservedly...