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Wiltshire Council ignorant of second care home scandal

July 13, 2011 8:54 PM
By Trevor Carbin
Following the revelations of abuse of patients, some from Wiltshire, at the Winterbourne View Care Home in Bristol, Chippenham councillor Chris Caswill asked at Tuesday's Council meeting if any Wiltshire residents were being treated at another care home run by the same company.
The question he put to the responsible cabinet member John Thomson was:
"Are any Wiltshire residents being treated at Castlebeck's Rose Villa rehabilitation centre in Bristol, and if,so, have any arrangements been made to review that facility?"
Thompson's reply was:
"Four Wiltshire residents did reside at Rose Villa at the point the safeguarding alert was raised. A Safeguarding investigation was carried out and NHS Wiltshire are satisfied that measures were put in place that ensured safety of the residents."
That same evening the BBC TV national and local news carried the story that 4 staff at Rose Villa have been suspended, one since June, and that investigations into abuse there are underway.