Families demand action five years on from Panorama


Families of victims of the Winterbourne View scandal have written to the prime minister demanding he shuts outdated care home institutions.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

‘Lives lost’

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

In an open letter to David Cameron, the families of some of the victims, say that promises to close all other similar units and provide more appropriate support have not been met.

They wrote to express their anger at the “lack of change” since the revelations were made. Read the full article at BBC News hereScreen Shot 2016-05-31 at 20.13.26