Following exposure by BBC Panorama of abuse of mentally impaired residents at private Winterbourne View Hospital in Bristol, UK, it became known that a whistleblower approached Care Quality Commission about it and was ignored. Click on photo to watch the program and abuse.
This reminded me of my own attempts to correct equally disturbing events in a NHS hospital where I worked. When I approached Medical Director about various abuses of patients I was told: "Relax. Lets have a cup of tea and put our feet up."
There were other staff before me who for years have been alerting the press but nothing happened even though the papers did publish articles of, for example, staff extinguishing cigarettes on patients.
Even today it upsets me when I think of what was done to the patients: beatings, shouting, and rapes. And there was probably more than I witnessed with my own eyes.
Eventually the hospital where I worked closed down. If there were cameras on the wards fewer staff would have got away with what they did. That assumes, of course, that police would be willing to look at the evidence. They do not do that always, of course. The fact that Bristol police took some action is good news.