The Care Quality Commission is being criticised for failing to take sufficient action after undercover filming showed an 80-year-old woman being slapped by a care worker.

Jane Worroll secretly filmed her mother’s room in Ash Court, London. She recorded care worker Jonathan Aquino slapping her mother six times. Aquino was convicted of assault. The CQC said the home still “ensures people who use the service are protected from abuse or the risk of abuse”. Prior to the assault, the CQC had rated the home as “excellent”.

Ms Worroll placed a secret camera hidden in an alarm clock in her mother’s bedroom, after suspecting she was being mistreated. Maria Worroll suffers from Alzheimers and arthritis, and requires around-the-clock care. Six weeks after her mother moved into Ash Court, Ms Worroll noticed bruises on her arms and legs. She secretly filmed her bedroom on 17 and 21 June 2011.

The footage shows care workers feeding Maria Worroll too quickly, manually rolling her over and hauling her roughly into bed – an action that should have been performed using a hoist. Ms Worroll also filmed one care worker, Jonathan Aquino, slapping her mother six times. She was deeply upset by the footage. She told Panorama: “[My mother] is just so vulnerable; she can’t get up, she can’t call for help. [The assault] is just totally sadistic.”

All five of the main carers Ms Worroll filmed were sacked. Jonathan Aquino was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in prison in April 2012.

Source: BBC NEWS


23rd April 2012


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