Three nurses suspended in Whorlton Hall abuse investigation

The 17-bedded specialist private hospital is now closed.

James McKay
1 July 2019
Whorlton Hall

The suspensions are to keep patients and their families safe pending a full investigation.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that three registered nurses from Whorlton Hall Hospital in County Durham have been issued with interim suspension orders.


Suspension orders are used by the regulator to allow to protect the public whilst undertaking a full investigation of any allegations.

The move comes after a BBC Panorama Investigation appeared to show patients living with learning disabilities mocked, taunted and intimidated alongside being subject to inappropriate restraint by staff.

The 17-bedded specialist private hospital is now closed and patients have been transferred to other hospitals.

An ongoing investigation.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ordered an independent review of its own regulation of Whorlton Hall after it failed to uncover the abuse during a previous inspection.


Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practice, said: “Following the appalling abuse captured at Whorlton Hall in the Panorama programme, an independent panel has placed interim suspension orders on three nurses.

“We applied for these orders to keep people who use health and care services, and their families, safe.

“We remain in contact with the care provider and with the Police as part of their criminal inquiry, as we continue with our regulatory investigation.”

Durham Police have launched a criminal investigation of all staff involved in the alleged abuse.


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