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MEDWAY LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO CARE HOME CRUELTY

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Medway Council has launched an urgent investigation into a privately-run care home after an undercover film reveale...
Medway Council has launched an urgent investigation into a privately-run care home after an undercover film revealed emotional and physical abuse of residents by care staff.

The Express (p29) reports that carers punched and swore at vulnerable adults with learning difficulties at the Brompton Home in Gillingham.

Staff even boasted of wrapping a male resident in a carpet, blasting another with a fire extinguisher and using a third resident as a punchbag to vent their frustration.

Viewers will see the scenes of cruelty on MacIntyre Undercover, which is shown tomorrow night on BBC1. Investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre was given a job as a trainee assistant in the home despite having no qualifications or references.

Using hidden cameras and recording equipment, Mr MacIntyre reveals how staff rubbished the only training manual he was given. One said: 'I have never read it and it didn't do me any harm.'

In a statement, Medway social services said: 'The council has launched a full investigation into the programme's allegations. It has already visited the home and carried out a detailed inspection.'

It added that action could involve removing patients from the home, closing it down and disciplining staff.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: 'We are aware of the contents of this programme and will be working with social services during their investigation.'

A spokesman for the home confirmed that two members of staff had been suspended and said the company would co-operate with the inquiry.

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