Secret film exposes care home failures

Daniel Gordon, BBC Health News

A series of shocking incidents in privately run residential nursing homes in Cornwall have been secretly filmed by the BBC. The Panorama undercover filming shows one nurse saying she will give morphine to a resident “to shut her up” – an event described by an independent expert as “horrifying”. The Morleigh Group, which runs the homes, said it had already identified problems, and that it had always acted quickly to improve care when asked to do so. The footage was recorded by three reporters – one posed as a resident, the other two got jobs there. Some of the most serious incidents occurred at Clinton House, which has 32 residents. It was given a “requires improvement rating” by the Care Quality Commission in May 2016.

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