MacIntyre: Inquiry into care home did not mislead

Author: By Jon Coates

The undercover reporter Donal MacIntyre said last night that he stood by his BBC investigation into a care home after stinging criticism from police and social services officials.

In a statement released by the BBC, Mr MacIntyre said he was proud of the television programme, which he claimed uncovered evidence of unacceptable treatment of severely mentally handicapped residents of a home in Medway, Kent.

“What we filmed was an unacceptable standard of care and treatment for vulnerable people,” he said, adding that police had cautioned Brompton workers over three incidents that took place in the 24 days his team filmed in the home.

Mr MacIntyre, who posed as a care worker and used a hidden camera, was commenting after the head of social services for Medway joined police in criticising the BBC over the “misleading” investigation.

The council closed the home in Gillingham, Kent, after the programme broadcast last November. But now Kent Police are taking legal advice to try to recover the £50,000 cost of a criminal investigation into the claims, which found little evidence of abuse. The BBC was branded “arrogant” by the police in their attack on the programme, which detectives called “misleading” and “distressing”.

The charity Mencap said last night that unedited film footage had shown grounds existed for a police investigation of the home.

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