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Family of West Kingsdown care abuse victim 'disgusted' by lack of change
A family have been left "disgusted" at the lack of progress made since their secret film uncovered the shocking abuse suffered by a father-of-three in a hospital unit.
News Shopper revealed in November how covert footage taken in an iPod charger at West Kent Neuro-rehabilitation Unit in Sevenoaks Hospital showed Grant Clarke having his call bell removed and his feeding tube cleared with a pen.
He was a fit 43-year-old director of an IT company when he suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in May 2012 which left him severely disabled.
After 12 weeks in hospital, he made great progress but his family grew concerned when he was transferred to West Kent Neuro-rehabilitation Unit in Sevenoaks Hospital.
They secretly filmed his care and the 10-day footage was so devastating it was broadcast on a BBC Panorama programme.
Grant was immediately sent to another unit in Hildenborough.
However four months on, it is believed the ward manager, shown mistreating Grant, is still working at the unit.
Wife Binny Moore, 43, of Vernon Close, West Kingsdown, told News Shopper through tears how she is shocked at the lack of response from the unit.
She said: "I am absolutely spitting and disgusted. They wouldn’t treat a dog like that.
"Within days of being in that place he was crying like a baby and just wouldn’t stop.
"The people working there have not been dealt with and the same ward manager is still there.
"If I had a car, I would drive it into that building just so they could get the patients out."
Mother Maureen Clarke, 71, of Blunts Road, Eltham, said: "He’s making progress and his sense of humour back but we missed that window of opportunity."
A spokesman for the unit said: "Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has taken urgent and immediate steps to deal with the issues that arose in this case.
"The unit has had some encouraging feedback from a number of independent sources including the local MP, commissioners and a peer review from another neuro-rehab unit.
The trust would not confirm to News Shopper whether any of the three staff members who were suspended in November 2012 following the family’s complaints are still working at the unit.
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