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.
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