Hidden footage of elderly abuse to be shown in BBC documentary
Monday, 23 April 2012
Footage of a woman with Alzheimer's being beaten repeatedly by a member of staff at a care home will be screened on TV on Monday night.
The clips claim to show an elderly resident being manhandled by carers at Ash Court Care Centre in Kentish Town, north London, last year.
The footage, which will be aired on BBC's Panorama, was caught after Maria Worroll's daughter Jane hid a camera in her room.
Jonathan Aquino, 30, was jailed this month for the assault. The Filipino was sentenced to 18 months' jail at Blackfriars crown court.
Four of Aquino's female colleagues have since been sacked by the operators of the home, Forest Healthcare, after it reviewed the footage, the documentary says. This is the first time the footage will be aired.
Despite suffering from acute arthritis, Worroll, 80, was said to be manhandled by her carers and on occasion put to bed at 5.30pm.
On other occasions carers would not greet her but instead turn on a television to watch while they were in her room, it is claimed.
The documentary says that one evening's footage, filmed in June 2011, shows a male carer striking Worroll six times on the face, arms and abdomen. She was subsequently transferred to a different home.
The industry watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, awarded the care home an 'excellent' rating in July 2009, two years before the attacks.
A subsequent report, produced four months after the incidents, failed to mention that charges were pending over the incidents, it is claimed.
Judy Downey, head of The Relatives & Residents Association charity, said: 'It doesn't say that a member of staff has been charged. It is not an honest document, it isn't a helpful document and it isn't a decent document.
'This is an area where the CQC can do so much if it uses its powers. They can actually cancel the provider's registration if they're shown not to be fit. We would suggest that the provider was very clearly shown not to be fit.'