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Panorama - Undercover hospital abuse.

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thenightsky Wed 22-May-19 21:54:30

Anyone else watching this? As an ex-psychiatric nurse I'm shocked this is still going on. I was working in the 80s with some vile staff, but thought it had all been stamped out now.

BedraggledBlitz Wed 22-May-19 21:55:54

I'm so upset. These vulnerable people have been living in hell holes. Hope these bastards go to jail.

Isntthatalwaystheway Wed 22-May-19 21:58:00

Absolutely horrific, sat here in tears for those poor people sad

stargaryenearlyadopter Wed 22-May-19 22:00:48

It's awful, I work in community social care and I honestly say I have never seen anything so calculated and cruel.

RaffertyFair Wed 22-May-19 22:02:48

I had to will myself to continue watching because it was so hard to watch, but those poor people didnt have the luxury of choice. The inhumanity displayed by the staff was horrifying. Sat here in tears.

Alexis21 Wed 22-May-19 22:06:31

I watched the first half but had to go out so missed the end. I will download to watch the rest. I hope the abusive members of staff were dealt with ignorant disgusting specimens.

PeapodBurgundy Wed 22-May-19 22:07:58

We've just finished watching it. OH works for Danshell/Cygnet in a different but similar building. He's worked with some of the people featured in the programme. If it's any kind of reassurance to anyone, things are being genuinely overhauled within the company.

LoadsaBlusher Wed 22-May-19 22:08:47

16 staff suspended !
They should be bloody charged
It’s absolutely shocking
These people are not carers
It was hard to watch this
The recruitment process must be the lowest of the low for these jobs

Alexis21 Wed 22-May-19 22:12:31

^^ this

Starlive23 Wed 22-May-19 22:16:03

I'm speechless...

Flicketyflack Wed 22-May-19 22:18:17

Omg this is still going on angry

What other people are experiencing this unfilmed, unsupported and alone sad

Starlive23 Wed 22-May-19 22:22:15

I cannot understand why those horrible people took jobs as carers. Not a single caring bone I their bodies. Goading that poor girl, I'm so upset for her and her family. Absolutely vile bullies. I'm absolutely aghast.

Handmaid2019 Wed 22-May-19 22:23:20

I've just seen this, absolutely sickened me! I'm a nurse and I cannot believe the nurses there didn't step in, we have a duty to our patients! 😡

thenightsky Wed 22-May-19 22:33:43

When I first qualified in the very early 80s I worked with some shocking nursing assistants with these attitudes towards patients. I tried whistle blowing way back then, but was basically told to shut the fuck up. I'm so very shocked this shit is still being allowed to go on.

willandgrace Wed 22-May-19 22:40:37

There was an advocacy service funded to work in the service, to be these people's voice -how can they and cqc of missed this?

Dramaofallama Wed 22-May-19 22:40:39

I'm speechless but not surprised this still goes on. Having worked within the care sector for nearly 10 years now and with adults with special needs, I have been fortunate that every place I have worked has been fantastic and staff and management very supportive and caring but I know of care homes that have horrific stories behind them - told to me by the individuals I care for and the staff. Funnily enough most of those care homes are rated good by CQC!
Now when I look for work in a residential homes I always ask other carers what they have heard ect than rely on CQC ratings. Word of bad care homes spread quick in the care sector.

staydazzling Wed 22-May-19 22:49:56

I think it's worth remembering aswell that the job centre is known for pushing people into care work, which further perpetuates this problem, the idea anyone can do it,

Handmaid2019 Wed 22-May-19 22:54:35

@thenightsky that's disgusting! I can imagine if someone tried to whistleblow in that place they'd be faced with a similar response! Just heartbreaking.

Dramaofallama Wed 22-May-19 23:01:51

*I think it's worth remembering aswell that the job centre is known for pushing people into care work, which further perpetuates this problem, the idea anyone can do it,*

I fully agree with this!

PeapodBurgundy Wed 22-May-19 23:04:56

As well as an issue recruiting and retaining quality staff, there are serious issues at management level. I know two separate buildings within the company whose management are failing at everything except covering tracks with the CQC. Reports have been made to the CQC on more than one occasion in both buildings, yet the same managers are in place, and both staff and patients are being placed at risk. I don't think issues like these ones will ever be solved until something is put in place to recruit quality managers who actually manage their buildings, and robust recruitment procedures to ensure that floor staff are capable of doing their jobs. These places are so often under staffed, and running largely on agency workers, that they're not being selective enough in who they recruit. It's completely unacceptable.

staydazzling Wed 22-May-19 23:08:04

deliberate and constant understaffing is a big problem and high turnover of staff, due to the abuse the staff suffer is a big problem aswell,

AllPizzasGreatAndSmall Wed 22-May-19 23:13:44

As the parent of a young man who is autistic and has a learning disability I couldn't bring myself to watch it, as i knew i would find it too distressing that people could treat people like him so cruelly.

Dramaofallama Wed 22-May-19 23:15:00

Another problem is also training or lack off.
A lot of companies now have cut costs on this and train staff with online training rather than an actual qualified trainer.
For instance, when I have had to do adult safeguarding - the course was run by an independent trainer and took 6 hours.
When I had to do children's safeguarding at another company (i have never studied or trained in children safeguarding before and the company was aware of this) they gave me an online training course which took a total of one hour!
Guess which one I learnt the most from.

needsahouseboy Wed 22-May-19 23:51:05

I’ve just watched it. It was so very upsetting

needsahouseboy Wed 22-May-19 23:54:20

I’m a nurse as well and there is no way in this earth I’d have stood by and watched anyone be treated like that.

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