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1st May 2014

Secretly filmed care home footage shown on BBC's Panorama programme

BBC1's Panorama programme last night (April 30) aired secretly filmed footage which showed mistreatment of residents at a care home in Essex.

Now seven members of staff have been sacked and one suspended at the Old Deanery in Essex following the undercover investigation.

The filming at the Old Deanery in Braintree, Essex, showed some residents being taunted, roughly handled and one was slapped.

The home said it was "shocked and saddened by the allegations".

Care minister Norman Lamb described the images as "absolutely disgusting" and said there "could be a role" for the use of CCTV in care homes. Another care provider, HC-One has already said it is considering introducing CCTV in its care homes across the UK (see previous story: )

The Care Quality Commissionsaid it would work with the care sector to improve standards, but it was determined to ensure problems were addressed.

Its new chief inspector of social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, said she was "shocked and really angry" about the poor care Panorama had found.

Read more on this story:

BBC News: Panorama film prompts seven sackings at Essex care home

BBC News: Staff sacking and supsensions over poor elderly care

Watch the programme on iPlayer

Behind Close Doors: Elderly Care Exposed



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