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Call for Increased Accountability of Care Providers

Directors in charge of care homes and hospitals that allow neglect and abuse to take place could be held personally and criminally accountable for failures in care, under proposals unveiled by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today as part of the consultation Strengthening corporate accountability in health and social care.

Janine Tregelles and Vivien Cooper, CEOs of Royal Mencap Society and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said "Since the appalling abuse of people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View was exposed, we have called for much tougher corporate accountability of care providers who fail people with a learning disability and their families. People with a learning disability still face abuse and neglect in care and hospital settings, and we welcome these proposals as an important step in creating accountability from the Board Room to the frontline of services.

But we also want to see the delivery of new powers in the Care Bill currently going through parliament, which will stop providers being able to withhold information from Serious Case Reviews that look into why services have failed. Castlebeck, who ran Winterbourne View, withheld information about what took place and none of their Board was ever held to account. This lack of openness and accountability is simply unacceptable and must change.

For more information please contact Lisa Gilbert, PR Officer on 020 7696 6950, Lisa.Gilbert@mencap.org.uk

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