Police have investigated dozens of care workers accused of abusing or neglecting frail and vulnerable elderly patients at care homes in the West Midlands over the last three years. Patients as old as 98 were alleged to have been victims of ill-treatment or neglect.
Detectives have investigated more than 100 cases in the region since April 2019, data obtained through a Freedom of Information request revealed.
Of 118 reported incidents, police decided there was enough evidence to progress at least 33 cases. Suspects were identified in a further 47 cases but the investigations collapsed due to a lack of support for prosecution by alleged victims.
Five carers were charged in a case involving an 88-year-old woman in Wolverhampton, according to data release by West Midlands police.