Whilst we haven’t always been fans of the BBC’s Panorama programme in the past (in fact one of our members successfully put in a formal complaint) we would like to applaud it for exposing the shocking treatment at Winterbourne View of people who were supposedly there to get help. We are pleased that the Bristol Police are investigating. We are also pleased that the Government has announced that in future inspectors will make unannounced visits. It seems very odd though, that this is only being done in response to the recent expose and that no government has previously thought of unannounced visits.
Surely it is well known that people make an effort and sweep all sorts of things under the carpet if they know they are going to be inspected? Where else are inspections not actually inspecting the reality of the situation? It is very concerning to think that such horrors might be widespread. Here is the BBC news report:
And here is a clip of the programme on YouTube: