Ten people have appeared in court charged in connection with ill treatment and neglect of four patients at a private hospital, near Bristol.
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A council which has been ordered to look again at how much it pays private care homes says it will sound "alarm bells" across local government.
A care worker who abused two elderly women at a residential home in Cumbria has been given a 12-month prison sentence.
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Plans are on track to restore common sense to employment vetting processes while ensuring public protection, criminal information minister Lynne Featherstone said as the government responded to an independent review.