Whorlton Hall abuse scandal

Whorlton Hall nurses suspended

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Three nurses filmed as part of a BBC Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at a specialist hospital in County Durham have been temporarily suspended from practice.

They were filmed by an undercover reporter at Whorlton Hall.

A spokesperson from the Nursing and Midwifery Council said the nurses had been suspended to "keep people who use health and care services and their families safe".

The site is now closed and a police investigation is ongoing.

Whorlton Hall

Whorlton Hall abuse scandal: CQC giving evidence to Parliamentary committee

Whorlton Hall abuse: House of Commons to hear evidence

The Care Quality Commission's chief officers are to give evidence in the House of Commons today over allegations of mistreatment of patients at the Whorlton Hall Care Home in County Durham.

It follows a recent Panorama programme on BBC One which showed patients with learning difficulties being abused and mistreated at the home.

Today's hearing, at the Human Rights Committee, follows revelations that an unpublished inspection by the Commission in 2015 found that the facility "required improvement", but just a year later another report gave it an overall rating of "good".

Whorlton Hall Care Home in County Durham

Health watchdog to give evidence over Whorlton Hall abuse claims

Allegations of abuse at Whorlton Hall hospital in County Durham will be in the spotlight next week when representatives of the health watchdog give evidence to the UK Parliament Human Rights Committee.

The Care Quality Commission’s chief executive, Ian Trenholm, and Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector (mental health) will appear on Wednesday.

It follows revelations broadcast last month by BBC Panorama, which alleged vulnerable patients were mistreated. Ten people have been arrested.

The session forms part of the committee's inquiry into conditions in learning disability inpatient units.

In a tweet, committee chair Harriet Harman MP said the commission had provided "false reassurance" which had served to "shield abusers".

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