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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 23 April 2012 02:00 PM

Responding to footage issued by BBC Panorama today which shows 80-year-old Maria Worroll being manhandled and beaten in a care home in London, Age Cymru’s Director of Influencing and Programme Development Victoria Lloyd says:

"This case highlights a sickening abuse of trust by individuals who have neglected the duty of care that they have for a vulnerable older woman.

“Elder abuse in any way, shape or form is completely unacceptable and Age Cymru commends Jane Worroll for the determination and inventiveness she displayed in exposing the treatment received by her mother.

“This case does highlight the need for a safety net to protect vulnerable adults who may be suffering abuse behind closed doors.

“This is why Age Cymru’s Rule Out Abuse campaign is calling for a new law to be introduced in Wales to compel authorities to investigate any allegations or suspicions of elder abuse that are reported to them, or that they become aware of.

“We’re also asking members of the public to show their support for Rule Out Abuse by signing our Rule Out Abuse charter by visiting www.agecymru.org.uk/ruleoutabuse.”

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444