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Hillcroft nursing home staff sentenced for resident abuse

chuffchuff
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Hillcroft nursing home staff sentenced for resident abuse

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nanotm
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the only real scandal is that they were not investigated properly and allowed to continue abusing patients,
in every walk of life you get unsavoury individuals but proper management is supposed to identify problems and ensure they are prevented from abusing others, with criminal investigations as required.......
lax management is always the problem with such cases and as with many other care centres across the country the staff identified a subversive method that enabled them to carry out whatever actions they felt a compulsion towards.
then to compound the problem they get given weak mediocre sentences for admitting guilt signalling to others that such behaviour whilst not "good and proper" wont land you in that much trouble so long as you admit the case against you ......
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Makes you wonder who is responsible for appointing these people in the first place. Anyone can slip through the net but if a group of people are doing this then the system of appointing them needs to be looked at.
I am all for privacy but in cases where they are vulnerable people I would be inclined to have video cameras in various locations which were unknown to the staff but they would be informed that such cameras were in place and could be moved around the building. How many staff knowing they were on video would be likely to abuse patients ?
Indeed some might argue that such cameras would protect staff in cases where it was claimed an assault took place.
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indeed it would but the static you would receive from staff/patients/family of patients would all be centred around "privacy rights".
in hospitals though nobody gives a fig about the cameras in the wards/corridors etc
makes you wonder if people really care about privacy or if there just protecting their right to conduct criminal acts without observation by the powers that be.....  given who cries about what and when I can only conclude that its the latter motivating factor otherwise they would be crying about every camera.....
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Re: Hillcroft nursing home staff sentenced for resident abuse

Hi chuffchuff.. another railway fan here Wink (hit refresh to get a random avatar under my name Wink)
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
chuffchuff
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chuffchuff
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Re: Hillcroft nursing home staff sentenced for resident abuse

Quote from: gleneagles
Anyone can slip through the net

In schools, anyone either working directly with children or indirectly with them (as in the case of coach drivers)
has to have a CRB (Criminal Record Background) check on a regular basis. The check costs money. Since Soham
the checks have been tightened up, there is an option for an "enhanced check" which obviously costs more, but
even the normal check would have flagged these so called "carers" as a potential risk.
CCTV in all places where there are vulnerable people, children and patients is certainly an option to be explored,
though the use of covert "security" is in itself becoming a cause for concern. The CRB check will
identify the (potential) threat, but it will never eradicate it.
Sadly, all this costs ££££. Care homes are not prepared to spend the shekels, society as a whole is not prepared
to meet the cost, therefore low-life such as these will continue to abuse/steal/terrorize.
Just think what a levy of £2000 per UK household could do for the vulnerable in our society. Sadly, our
political masters have other uses for that £2000:
29 May 2013 - Frank Ledwidge, author of damning study Investment in Blood, says failing, bloody campaign has cost £2000 per UK household.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/30/afghanistan-war-cost-britain-37bn-book
Mr Cameron was considering involving us in Syria not so long ago. Obviously, there is no shortage of either money or willpower to spend
large amounts of money elsewhere, but the next time a (would-be) politician comes rat-tat-tatting on my door for support, I am sure that he/she
will have a very plausible answer as to why our society allows the abuse in our care homes and elsewhere to flourish.
Locking these scumbags up for lengthy periods is not the answer, though the thought of it does bring a certain amount of satisfaction!
Just an opinion of course!
RichAllen
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SMH, my Parents want me to go into residential care because of my age and me being disabled, this is exactly why I have refused point blank to even entertain it.
There are no available places in Sheffield anyway that take people under 55 and I am 38 in April.
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of course there are no care centre spaces left, the liabor government closed 80% of them and all the specialist places down in favour of some popular myth called "care in the community" if they had actually created a community care system to cope with its remit then they might possibly have been on to something but instead the centres closed and nothing was done to look after those who were compelled to remain in the community or indeed those propelled into it, simultaneously they created a lot of new legislation that made it improbable for abusers to be caught or punished in any substantial way effectively creating a whole new batch of victims ready for those with a predilection to act out some deranged fantasy or other.......
the CQC was created to "monitor" what remained but for some reason didn't actually have the remit to audit anything more than the finances of care groups, this created a ten year period where there was zero oversight and little or no compulsion to investigate anything by police who had far more important targets to meet.
at least now society does seem to be steering things back to a proper heading and has started to identify the problem characters and start doing something about them, but until some of the thousands of secret laws created and passed by the last legislative body are rewritten (or just repealed) there wont be any scope for getting back to state funded and run care centres to cater for those who need help the most and are unsuitable for being abandoned for hours or even days at a time in their own place, the idea of care in the community was never viable and contracting the cheapest labour force was never going to attract the best intentioned workers, failing to pay for enough care workers to operate such schemes whilst continually increasing the number of customers has further compounded the problem and will continue to do so infinitely unless a return to centralised residential care facilities occurs.
of course the bleeding heart groups go on about bad conditions in the old centres and the cost of running them, but they totally fail to properly account for the costing's of each setup, instead pointing to the fact that the care budget is much lower than previously with larger numbers of patients, but not accounting for the extra budgets that also are being drained by those same patients, housing /tax/NHS/respite/etc and when you compile a true figure the cost is actually several orders of magnitude higher now than it was under residential facilities, but a limited number of people who would of been slung into a care centre and medicated into oblivion (so they were easier to manage) are getting a better quality of life with the limited staff contact, perhaps then it would be better if proper training and auditing of residential facilities and staff were undertaken, with realistic wages and true combined budget costs were discussed and the appropriate funding channelled into the care system to enable proper care of those unable to fully look after themselves, with the individual requirements being assessed properly and appropriate housing facilities being provided instead of the "one size fits all" version of the mid 80's/early 90's (which frankly was very bad unless your family found a decent placement for you and was able to afford its price tag), instead of privatising everything (which removed it from full oversight of conditions) and ramping up costs.
many things worked far better in the past although there were always problems, the current system equally doesn't work and has worse problems, with far too many cases of extremely vulnerable people being left for days or weeks while they starve in their own filth because of a lack of care centre spaces, the answer clearly is reverse the stupidity of the last 20 years and implement a system that is monitored properly, staffed with trained and vetted people who get rotated between placements to reduce the stresses on them and are given the correct training and oversight to ensure abuse is eliminated.
the problem here will come form human rights groups though who will complain that everyone has a "right to freedom" without understanding that the right they insist on ensuring is actually putting the vulnerable at greater risk(s) particularly those with physical or mental limitations.
and I say all that as a disabled person who will at some point in the future have to consider what will be best for those around me as my conditions deteriorates, if a managed central care option isn't available my choices will be to overly burden my family with catering for my increasing needs or .....  both of which are arguments that fly in the face of everything the human rights brigade argue about, and indeed such things are also echoed by many others who have enough intellect and actually care about anyone other than themselves.
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you