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Winterbourne View debate

On 13 December 2012, peers took part in a debate on the Winterbourne View care home.

Crossbench peer Lord Rix led the debate on abuse suffered by people with learning disabilities.

In October, six members of staff at the private hospital in Gloucestershire were jailed for between six months and two years for their roles in the abuse of residents.

Five others received suspended sentences at Bristol Crown Court.

The BBC's Panorama exposed the scandal in June last year when it broadcast secret footage recorded by an undercover journalist who was employed at Winterbourne View as a care worker.

The debate follows Monday's Commons statement by Care Minister Norman Lamb, repeated in the Lords on the same day.

Mr Lamb told MPs the government was planning a "dramatic reduction" in the number of people with learning disabilities kept in hospitals in England.

Boards, directors and senior managers at private hospitals who allow abuse to take place will face tougher sanctions - including possibly criminal prosecutions, he said.

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