Concerns have been raised by inspectors about the leadership at a firm at the centre of a BBC expose over allegations of abuse at a mental health hospital.

The Panorama investigation – aired in May – was based on undercover filming at County Durham’s learning disabilities unit Whorlton Hall.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) followed this up with a probe into the management of Cygnet Health Care.

The firm said it was addressing concerns that had been raised.

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The CQC found that patients under the firm’s care were more likely to be restrained.

Higher rates of self-harm were also noted by inspectors who quizzed managers and analysed records at the company’s headquarters.

Cygnet runs more than 100

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