Solar Centre serious case review published today

Richie Rowe, 30, was the victim of abuse at the Solar Centre.
Richie Rowe, 30, was the victim of abuse at the Solar Centre.

The findings of a top level probe into the abuse of patients with severe learning difficulties is due to be published today following a seven year fight for justice.

The families of the victims who were abused over a two year period at the Solar Centre in St Catherine’s Hospital, Balby, have been invited to a meeting to discuss the findings ahead of the publication of a serious case review.

However, relatives have criticised the authorities after they were given just days notice of the publication.

Adrian Milnes, whose step-son Richie Rowe was one of those abused, said: “I’m angry that this has been rumbling on for seven years and they think it’s acceptable to give us less than 48 hours notice about the meeting. I’ve got work commitments and won’t be able to attend.”

Mr Milnes, of Intake, has also called for the full facts of the report to be published - like they were into a similar abuse case in Gloucstershire - and not for a sanitised version to be made public.

He added: “If the review is as comprehensive as the Winterbourne View one which involved the abuse of patients with learning difficulties, then I would be happy.

“This case was worse but I’m not expecting any of the agencies involved to fall on their swords and do the honourable thing, there’s been a lack of accountability all the way through. Until there is absolute transparency nothing will change.”

Susan Murphy and James Hinds were jailed for two years and nine months last summer after being found guilty of a total of 25 counts of ill-treating patients.

The case was brought to light by the Free Press in 2010 after we leaked a confidential NHS report which showed a catalogue of abuse at the centre.

A Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board spokesman said: “Families are our priority and we want to share the information with them first before the report is made public. We apologise if families are not happy with the timing and we are happy to meet them to answer any questions they might have now and going forward.”