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Written Statement - The publication of the Flynn review

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A review of the neglect of older people living in care homes.
Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

I am today publishing an independent report by Dr Margaret Flynn following her review into events in care homes in South East Wales in the early part of this century, which came to be referred to by a police investigation into these matters, Operation Jasmine.  Dr Margaret Flynn is the Chair of the Lancashire Adults’ Safeguarding Board and author of the Serious Case Review at Winterbourne View Hospital.

In the absence of criminal proceedings in relation to these events I commissioned this review in December 2013.  This decision was prompted by the clear seriousness of the events and the impact that they had on the families of those involved.
I believe that the report is a thorough and detailed account of these events and I am grateful to Dr Flynn for her professional work over the past eighteen months. I am also grateful to those individuals and organisations that have contributed to Dr Flynn’s work during that time.

The report, although recognising progress over the past decade, sets out a number of actions for consideration by a variety of organisations including the Welsh Government. I will be writing to each of those organisations to request a response that I will then publish on this website, alongside the report. The Welsh Government itself will make a statement on its response in the autumn.