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May 16th 2016

Care Home Abuse

Thousands sign the petition for CCTV in care homes – now changes have to be made to protect the vulnerable

Thousands sign the petition for CCTV in care homes – now changes have to be made to protect the vulnerable

A campaigning daughter who launched a petition calling for CCTV to be installed in all care homes across the UK says she is delighted to see thousands of people sign in support.

A campaigning daughter who launched a petition calling for CCTV to be installed in all care homes across the UK says she is delighted to see thousands of people sign in support.

Lisa Smith created the petition to Government in January, having taken her 86-year-old father Joshua out of care after four years, claiming life had been a ‘living nightmare’ during that time due to poor care.

Now, the petition has passed 10,000 signatures, the point at which the Government is required to provide an official response to the call for CCTV.

That response will include a “statement of the Government’s policy on the issue, and details of any relevant parliamentary processes that are ongoing”.

All those who have requested updates when signing the petition will also be emailed directly by the Government.

“CCTV in care homes is now a must.”

“I’m delighted and really made up that so many people have signed the petition, and that the whole issue of care home abuse and neglect is being placed into the spotlight and being discussed,” said Lisa, of Rochdale.

“The reason I started the petition was because it is simply happening too much, and to me families get far too few answers when they ask questions about their loved ones’ care. We found nobody was interested when my dad was suffering from poor care and I wanted to make people listen.

“CCTV is now a must. There have been some horrendous cases go to the courts and in the media. Let’s get CCTV in care homes and stop this poor treatment.”

Hudgell Solicitors has supported Lisa in bringing the matter to the national spotlight by backing the petition as part of our ongoing ‘Love Our Vulnerable and Elderly (LOVE) campaign.

We joined the call for CCTV in care homes having represented an increasing number of families where concerned relatives had turned to secret filming and recording, catching abuse and neglect on camera.

It also came after an independent survey revealed 8 in 10 people would be prepared to allow their loved one to be filmed in care, 24 hours a day, to protect them from abuse and neglect.

Abuse case of Freda Jobson brings call for CCTV in care homes into spotlight

Last week, the case of 85-year-old Freda Jobson hit national media headlines, and was featured on ITV’s This Morning, as her family revealed how she had not only been subject to ill-treatment through care home staff mocking and taunting her, but had also the worst level of pressure sores, leaving her skin ‘looking like raw meat’.

The shocking details and pictures of Freda’s injuries led to thousands more people signing the petition, and solicitor Lauren Dale says there is growing support for CCTV as more cases are highlighted.

“Our campaign has called for CCTV in all care and residential homes across the UK which is able to record footage in all areas used by residents, for the protection of both residents and the home operators themselves,” she said.

“We believe that, in light of the increasing number of care home abuse cases handled by our team of solicitors, and reported on in the national media, there is genuine evidence that such measures are needed.

“We know there are many areas which will need carefully considering, but the time has now come for this matter to be seriously debated and considered in parliament.

‘Families could ‘opt in our out’ of CCTV in private rooms’

“One option would certainly be to allow residents and their families to opt in or out of filming in private rooms, but that all communal be subject to 24/7 filming.

“It can only bring increased protection against abuse, both physical and mental, by care home staff or other residents, give families greater confidence when facing that daunting prospect of placing their relatives within the care industry, whilst also providing protection for care home operators and staff against false or malicious allegations of poor or abusive care.

“We have seen overwhelming support for the campaign, and now we don’t just want the Government to respond, but importantly want them to listen and make improving the care of our elderly and vulnerable a priority.

“This campaign is not just about CCTV, it is about ensuring care for vulnerable people at the latter stages of life is provided with love, respect and dignity. That is not happening far too often, and that is simply unacceptable.”

To find out more about the campaign for CCTV in care homes, and to sign the petition, go to http://bit.ly/cctvforcarehomes

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