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Community Services Urged For People With Learning Disabilities

Community Services Urged For People With Learning Disabilities


A charter of rights should be created to protect patients with learning difficulties, according to a report.

The document led by Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, is titled Winterbourne View – Time for Change, named after the private hospital at the centre of a serious abuse scandal in 2011.

Sir Stephen said "immediate action" is necessary to reduce the number of people with learning difficulties who are being placed in institutional care instead of the community.

Recommendations within the report include the creation of a social investment fund to increase the capacity of community-based services, as well as a requirement for local decision-makers to follow a responsibility framework.

"We urge immediate action, to close all Winterbourne-style institutions and ramp up community provision," said Sir Stephen.

"We need a new charter of rights to empower people with learning disabilities and their families, and give them the right to challenge the system."

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