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Launch of 'Winterbourne View - Time is Running Out' report

 

In November 2014, Sir Stephen Bubb published the report 'Winterbourne View - Time to Change'. 6 months later, 'Winterbourne View - Time is Running Out' is his review of the progress made by the Transforming Care programme.

 

Click here to download the report 'Winterbourne View - Time is Running Out'.

 

Sir Stephen said: 

“The core recommendation of my report was the need to close these institutions as quickly as possible and you can’t close them until there is good strong community provision - people with learning disabilities and their families deserve action now. There’s huge scepticism that anything will happen - NHS England needs to prove them wrong. And until I see action on the ground I will continue to hold Government to account. Additionally, I’m calling on the government to bring forward legislation now to enshrine in law the right to challenge for people with learning disabilities.”

 

 

Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, and Viv Cooper, chief executive of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said:

“In the last 4 years, since Winterbourne View, people with a learning disability and their families have seen little meaningful change on the ground and deadline after deadline pass for moving people out of in-patient units.
 
"Stephen Bubb is right when he says the urgent priority is to develop high quality community provision so people can leave hospitals and return to their communities as the soon to be announced closure programme rolls out. Developing community services should have been started a long time to go and must result in high quality local support and services , or the change we all want to see will not happen.  This must include investing in a highly skilled community workforce to support children and adults with a learning disability to meet their individual needs.
 
"The next six months are a critical time, where NHS England and its partners must win the confidence of people with a learning disability and their families. This will only be achieved by evidence of meaningful and sustainable change on the back of the plans, pilots and initiatives currently under way. As well as this, the government must introduce legislation into parliament and take meaningful practical action to bring about the changes set out in the Green Paper, including a right to challenge in-patient admissions, and changes to the Mental Health Act."

 

 

14/07/2015

 

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