Panorama-Hospital Abuse

A BBC programme about abuse at a hospital for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Mark Brown



On Wednesday the 22nd of May, BBC Panorama showed a programme about Whorlton Hall Hospital.

Whorlton Hall is owned by a company called Cygnet.

Cygnet is part of large American health business called Universal Health Services.


Whorlton Hall Hospital 

The journalist Olivia Davis worked undercover to film what was going on. 


Olivia Davis


She found that people were being abused and bullied. 

Some of the staff working at the hospital did things that they knew would upset people. 


People have been very upset by what has happened.

Especially after politicians promised to change things after the scandal at Winterbourne View.

Winterbourne View


The MP Norman Lamb asked a question in the House of Commons 


But Matt Hancock the person responsible for Health and Social Care in England and Wales

wasn't there to answer his questions. So Caroline Dinenage had to answer for him. 

You can still watch the programme on the BBC website

Whorlton Hall Hospital