'The National Autistic Society has been accused of covering up a care home scandal likened to Winterbourne View “without the cameras" .
The charity ran a home in which residents were forced to eat chillies, repeatedly thrown into a swimming pool and forced to crawl around on all fours, a review has found.
Mendip House in Somerset was run by a male “gang” who threw cake at residents and forced them to fund staff meals out.
One staff member is said to have put a ribbon around a resident’s neck and ridden him “like a horse” while another gave a resident an onion when he asked for a biscuit then sent him to his room when he failed to eat it.
The report, by the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB), noted that the NAS conducted internal investigations and had plenty of evidence of “degradation” but had failed to report its own staff to the local council or the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It suggested it was “only a matter of time” before those responsible and accountable were prosecuted, citing a news report detailing how 13 directors, managers and carers were convicted over the mistreatment of vulnerable adults at care homes in Devon.'
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