The BBC has learnt that the Care Quality Commission had been told of mistreatment at Winterbourne View up to two years before the alleged abuse of patients was exposed by undercover reporters at BBC Panorama.
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A third care home run by a company at the centre of allegations of abuse against vulnerable patients is to close, it has been announced.
The future for about 20 disabled adults in Devon is unclear after a care firm went into administration.The company, Rotel, has two care homes, one in Torquay and one in Babbacombe, which will close within a month.
Three-quarters of Britons intend to look after their older relatives themselves because they do not trust residential homes to care for them properly, a survey has suggested.
The recent news has been dominated by riot and looting. Focus is no longer on social care since the fuss died down over Panorama's exposure of Winterbourne View. For a few days, care homes were in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Ray King, chief executive of medical group Bupa, has called for a "chronic underfunding" of the care homes system to be addressed "urgently".