The behaviour at Winterbourne View documented by Panorama was disturbing and shocking, highlighting the unacceptable failings amongst those involved in delivering and regulating social care for vulnerable people.
Prevention and not reaction
The fact is that incidents of abuse were happening before the Winterbourne View case. They will continue to happen elsewhere unless the government is willing to take urgent decisions concerning the use of long-stay hospitals and ensuring that commissioning and regulation is driven by prevention not reaction.
This is especially fundamental in this financial climate as local authorities struggle with funding cuts. There also needs to be long-term investment in training and development to attract the right people to the sector in the first place.
Winterbourne whistleblower gives exclusive interview
What happens next? Have say
What more do you think could or should be done to stop this from happening again?
Click on 'Add Comment' below and share your views. (All comments are moderated)