Eleven former employees of Winterbourne View, the Castlebeck-owned care home exposed by Panorama for patient abuse in 2011, have pleaded guilty to ‘ill-treating’ residents.
Michael Ezenagu is the last member of staff caught on camera to plead guilty, admitting two charges of ill-treating a patient at Winterbourne View.
Ezenagu’s former colleagues Wayne Rogers, Graham Doyle, Allison Dove, Jason Gardiner, Charlotte Cotterell, Holly Draper, Kelvin Fore, Sookalingun Appoo, Danny Brake and Neil Ferguson have also pleaded guilty. The total number of charges of ill treatment under the Mental Health Act now stands at 38.
The former staff will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court and judgements are expected within the next few weeks.
This news comes as the serious case review of the events at Winterbourne View, commissioned by the South Gloucestershire Adult Safeguarding Board and chaired by independent expert Margaret Flynn, is published.
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) own internal management review of its regulatory processes, a result of Panorama’s revelations, has also been made public.
CQC chair Dame Jo Williams (pictured) said: “As Margaret Flynn notes, we have been honest about the areas where the CQC fell short, and have made changes as a result. We carried out an urgent and thorough internal review to strengthen our processes and to ensure that we are better placed to play our part in protecting people in vulnerable care situations. Following this review, we have adopted 13 recommendations for improvements to systems and working practices.”
Among their various responses to Winterbourne View, the CQC carried out unannounced inspections of 150 services for people with learning difficulties and set up a dedicated team to deal with whistleblowers.