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Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
A UK health expert who investigated abuse at the Winterbourne care home for the disabled will lead an inquiry into the misinterpretation of cancer tests in Ireland. Dr Gabriel Scally is an eminent individual who will bring real experience to the preliminary probe into the handling of cervical smear screening,…
Families of victims of the Winterbourne View scandal have written to the Prime Minister demanding he shuts outdated care home institutions. In an open letter they express "anger" at the "painfully slow lack of change" five years after abuse at the former private hospital near Bristol was exposed in an…
The Government must dramatically improve the protection it gives people with learning disabilities in the wake of abuse scandals, an official report will say. Some 3,500 vulnerable disabled people are still languishing in institutions - 900 more than previously thought - despite a Government pledge to move those inappropriately housed…
Campaigners and leading health experts have welcomed plans to close some specialist units for people with learning disabilities. The move, announced by NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), marks a step change in the treatment of people who rely…
The only NHS hospital in Britain that specialises in learning disabilities is to be closed down as part of a review following the Winterbourne View care home abuse scandal. NHS England announced the closure of 223 beds at Calderstones hospital, which is based in the Lancashire village of Whalley in…
Too many children and adults are continuing to go into mental health hospitals and stay there unnecessarily despite the Government promising to change this in light of the Winterbourne View scandal, a report by MPs has warned. Six people were jailed after an appalling catalogue of abuse of patients by…
It’s time to think about how we can accompany someone on their life journey when it comes to safeguarding, in order to make sure they get the best support. But is this really working in practice? The recent raft of reports following up on progress on the Winterbourne View agenda…
Ministers have failed to honour a pledge made in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal to move patients with learning difficulties out of hospitals and into community care, the Whitehall spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office said that, two years after the Department of Health issued…
A new report into treatment of people with learning disabilities does not do enough to help bring them out of institutional care and into the community, charities have said. Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation said the report by NHS England and other authorities "will disappoint thousands of people with…
A report into the care of people with learning difficulties has called for the creation of a "charter of rights" to protect patients. The document makes a series of recommendations, including giving patients and their families the power to challenge the system and request a personal care budget. Sir Stephen…
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