Three female healthcare assistants have been charged following an investigation into the alleged abuse of elderly patients at a hospital.

The trio were charged after a Metropolitan Police inquiry into Whipps Cross Hospital in north London.

Sharmilla Gunda, 35, Annette Jackson, 32 and Akousa Sakyiwaa, 37, will appear on bail on Thames Magistrates' Court on October 31, police said.

Sakyiwaa, of Orange Grove, Leytonstone and Jackson, of Simpson Road, Hounslow, face several counts of ill treatment or neglect under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Gunda, of Horns Road, Ilford, was charged with one count of the same offence and one count of fraud in relation to the alleged falsifying of records regarding the number of hours worked.

Sakyiwaa was also charged with common assault.