Hospital abuse review set for July
A serious case review into allegations that carers routinely abused vulnerable adults with learning difficulties at a residential hospital has been set for July.
South Gloucestershire Council said it would examine "the effectiveness of the safeguarding system and processes" at Winterbourne View hospital.
The review comes after undercover footage of the apparent misconduct at the hospital, in Bristol, was recorded by investigators from the BBC's Panorama programme.
The footage appeared to show vulnerable residents being pinned down, slapped, doused in water and taunted.
In a statement, the council said: "The South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board has appointed Margaret Flynn to the chair the serious case review looking into the allegations of abuse at Winterbourne Hospital.
"The review will examine the effectiveness of the safeguarding system and the processes as they applied to Winterbourne Hospital."
Ms Flynn has extensive experience of adult protection work and is chair of the Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board as well as being highly regarded independent consultant, the statement continued.
The review was expected to start in July. A report on the findings will be made public, the council said.
On Thursday, Avon and Somerset police confirmed they had arrested and bailed a total of 11 people, eight men and three women, in connection with the case.
The hospital's owner, Castlebeck, has suspended 13 members of staff. The vulnerable patients filmed by Panorama have been moved to safety.