11 care workers were arrested after secret filming by the BBC's Panorama at Winterbourne View, near Bristol [Image: Avon and Somerset Police].

11 care workers were arrested after secret filming by the BBC’s Panorama at Winterbourne View, near Bristol [Image: Avon and Somerset Police].

Could there be more eloquent evidence of the worthlessness of Conservative promises?

David Cameron promised action to prevent further abuses like those at Winterbourne View – in 2011.

Five years later, we are still waiting.

Tories act on promises made to themselves, not to others.

The response from the Department of Health would be laughable, if the matter were less serious:

“NHS England acknowledged the the progress to date “hasn’t been quick enough” and it “sympathised with the frustrations expressed” but a spokeswoman said a “real difference” would be seen over the coming months.”

This is the NHS England that, under the Conservatives, has privatised more than £27 billion worth of services, putting millions of patients in private hands – just as they were at Winterbourne View.

And why?

Because Tories want to make money from the health service. Your care, and that of your relatives, means nothing to them.

Families of victims of the Winterbourne View scandal have written to the prime minister demanding he shuts outdated care home institutions.

They said there is “painfully slow lack of change”, five years after abuse at the former private hospital near Bristol was exposed by BBC Panorama.

Some 3,500 vulnerable people with learning disabilities are still resident at inpatient units.

NHS England admits it is still taking too long to review their care.

Undercover filming showed people with learning disabilities and autism being taunted, bullied and abused at the now closed Winterbourne View Hospital.

The letter has been signed by Steve Sollars, Ann Earley, Wendy Fiander and Claire and Emma Garrod, whose family members were all residents at Winterbourne View.

It is supported by Dr Margaret Flynn, the author of the Winterbourne View serious case review, Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap and Vivien Cooper, chief executive of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

Source: Winterbourne View: Families demand action five years on from Panorama – BBC News

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