Leaked data from the NHS Information Centre reveals that from October 2009 to March 2010, social care departments received 40,000 formal complaints about abuse of vulnerable adults. (Financial Times, 13 June)
More than 8,600 claims were substantiated, in a survey covering 80% of councils. So probably 10,000-plus vulnerable adults have been abused over a six month period — that’s 55 adults a day.
A quarter of the claims involved adults with learning disabilities, and another quarter people aged 85 or over.
A third of all claims involved physical abuse, and others psychological abuse, misuse of