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Community Care has published reaction to the abuse shown in the BBC Panorama programme broadcast on Wednesday 22 May (see news story 19 May). Providers, commissioners, government and the regulator have been very strongly criticised.
The hospital, run by Cygnet Healthcare, who acquired the previous provider, The Danshell Group, last year, is now closed, and patients have been moved to other services. The BBC has reported 16 staff have been suspended and an investigation launched by Durham Constabulary.