Panorama: Undercover Care

Sunday 29 January 2.00pm
City Universtiy London
UK 2011
Directors: Matthew Chapman
Producers: Paul Kenyon
Language: English

On the top floor of a special hospital, locked away from their families and friends, a group of men and women are subjected to a regime of physical assaults, systematic brutality, and torture by the very people supposed to be caring for them.

The victims are some of the most vulnerable in society - the learning disabled and the autistic, some of them suicidal. Reporter Paul Kenyon exposes the truth about a gang of carers out of control, and how the home ignored all the warning signs.

They're the successors to the Victorian asylums, the state of the art independent hospitals which were supposed to end the culture of abuse. Panorama sent in an undercover journalist to work in one. What he filmed has already led to more than a dozen carers being suspended and some of the victims being moved out. It includes a carer goading a patient with a mental age of an infant to commit suicide, carers assaulting patients and using mart