NHS England has today reported that, of the 48 patients from England who were at Winterbourne View hospital, 34 are now in social care settings and 14 still remain in hospital.
In a joint response, Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, and Vivien Cooper, chief executive and founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said:
Over 2 years ago, the BBC exposed shocking abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View. Figures released today reveal that 14 of the 48 people with learning disabilities still remain in hospital
Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation continue to work with families whose loved ones remain hundreds of miles away in hospital, despite their on-going efforts to bring them closer to home.
Winterbourne View is just the tip of the iceberg; we know that 1317 people in health settings have been put on registers by Clinical Commissioning Groups to have their care reviewed. However, we are deeply concerned that the registers only record a fraction of the people whose situations need to be scrutinised. Previous reports indicated that about 3,500 people were living in health settings, including Assessment and Treatment units similar to Winterbourne View.
The Government, NHS and care providers must work harder to demonstrate their actions are leading to real change for people with a learning disability and their families.
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NHS England figures to the Learning Disability Programme Board can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/policy-advisory-groups/learning-disability-programme-board#minutes