The government has again failed to deliver on its promise to 'Transform Care' and the latest data from NHS England is evidence of that:
The Government must learn the lessons of the failures to date and do things differently.
The latest NHS' figures show that there are at least 2,040 people with a learning disability and/or autism currently in inpatient units. These people can be subjected to physical restraint, over-medication and being kept in isolation.
It's 10 years since the Winterbourne View scandal, so the Government has had more than enough time to get people back to their local communities, near their loved ones, where they belong.
What we want
We want to see people with a learning disability back home in their communities, living fulfilling lives close to their families and friends, with proper support in place for them in their local area.
This will require the government, NHS and local authorities working together to provide the right support for people with a learning disability in their local communities.
The government need to remove the red tape and funding barriers that are preventing so many people from returning home.
Social care reform needs to be prioritised, and NHS providers and local authorities must work together to reunite families, whilst developing and providing suitable care for people with a learning disability in their communities.
What you can do
Families of some of the former patients at Winterbourne View have come together to share their stories showing why urgent action is needed. With these families we are calling on the government to:
Commit to preventing people being admitted to inpatient units in the first place through ensuring the right community support is available
Ensure support for those people and families who have been traumatised by the inpatient system.
Will you write to your MP and ask them and back the families in their campaign by to write to the Prime Minister?
Write to your MP today
Tea, smiles and empty promises
These families calling for change have come together to mark the 10 year anniversary since the Winterbourne abuse scandal They have told their stories in ‘Tea, smiles and empty promises: Winterbourne View, and a decade of failures’ (standard and easy read) and have written to the Prime Minister to demand change.
You can help support our goal of seeing more people with a learning disability back home in their communities, living fulfilling lives close to their families and friends, with proper support in place for them in their local area.
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