Hidden Cameras Catch More Abuse
In the UK, hidden cameras have continued to capture abuse. There was a recent story on our site about a hidden camera catching abuse in a care home for the elderly, and now a similar story has emerged in the UK. The hidden camera has captured footage of a caregiver abusing an Alzheimer’s patient while in his care at a nursing home.
The evidence is clearly shown: an elderly woman being abused caught on camera at the Ash Court Care Centre for the elderly. The footage was recorded by the hidden camera Maria Worroll’s daughter Jane placed in her room. Jane was becoming increasingly concerned about her mother’s well being, and that is why she placed the camera.
30 year old Jonathan Aquino was arrested earlier this month for the abuse of Mrs. Worroll. Upon the trial, he was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for his crimes. Four of Aquino’s female colleagues have since been terminated from employment by the operators of the care center, Forest Healthcare, after the footage was reviewed. The footage will soon be aired on BBC on a news story and possibly as part of a documentary on abuse.
The Care Quality Commission, the industry watchdog, awarded the care home an ‘excellent’ rating in July 2009, two years before the attacks.
A subsequent report, produced four months after the incidents, also failed to mention that charges were pending over the incidents, it is claimed.
Judy Downey, head of charity The Relatives & Residents Association, said: “It doesn’t say that a member of staff has been charged. It is not an honest document, it isn’t a helpful document and it isn’t a decent document. This is an area where the CQC can do so much if it uses its powers. They can actually cancel the provider’s registration if they’re shown not to be fit. We would suggest that the provider was very clearly shown not to be fit.”
A CQC spokesman said: “CQC carries out an unannounced inspection of every care and nursing home in England every year – more often if we believe people may be at risk. This system of regulation can and does identify poor care which CQC then takes action to tackle. However, what it cannot do is to identify and stamp out deliberately concealed abuse. By its very nature, concealed abuse takes place away from the eyes of managers and inspectors and can even take place, as in this case, in a well-run care home. Abuse of vulnerable people is a criminal matter, and is rightly handled by the police and the courts. CQC has taken action against a number of providers where a current risk to people has been identified. In this case, the risk had been dealt with by the removal of the care staff involved by the home. CQC’s role was to make sure residents were protected once police and social services had acted to deal with the abuse shown in the hidden camera footage. CQC acted quickly and appropriately in this regard. The spokesman added: “None of this detracts in any way from the appalling experience Maria Worroll had at this home. CQC welcomes the custodial sentence handed down to Jonathan Aquino.”