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Former council Winterbourne View manager struck off from nursing

Winterbourne View care home
Image caption Winterbourne View closed in June 2011

A former manager at a private hospital where adults with learning disabilities were ill-treated has been struck off from nursing.

Kevin Haigh worked for South Gloucestershire Council at Winterbourne View near Bristol.

Ill-treatment was uncovered during secret filming by BBC Panorama at the care home in 2011.

Mr Haigh was sacked in 2012, and has now been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for misconduct.

An NMC conduct and competence committee ruled Mr Haigh's conduct "fell far short of what is expected of a registered nurse".

He admitted 18 misconduct charges relating to the safeguarding of patients, including not ensuring allegations of abuse were investigated and not reporting an assault by a member of staff to authorities.

'No nursing intention'

The hearing heard Mr Haigh worked at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust as a nurse for two years since his dismissal until September 2014, when he resigned.

The panel was told Mr Haigh now has no intention of returning to nursing.

Eleven care workers admitted a total of 38 charges after they were secretly filmed abusing patients at the home.

Six were jailed, while the remaining workers received suspended sentences.

Twenty-four patients were transferred from Winterbourne View following the BBC investigation and the hospital was closed in June 2011.

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