There has been little progress in moving people with learning disabilities from hospital back into the community
When you are confronted with a mass of material on learning disability, easy-read versions can be a godsend. So it is with a raft of new reports on what has become known as the Winterbourne View agenda, best summarised as: “Some people were supported to leave hospital, but other people kept being sent there.”
That assessment from an easy-read version of Winterbourne View: Transforming Care Two Years On, published jointly by the Department of Health and leading national health and care bodies, is pretty much all you need to know about the extremely modest progress towards the goal of moving back into the community up to 3,000 people with learning disabilities and autism who are in hospital in England because of their so-called challenging behaviour.
While there continue to be these institutions … people will continue to be sent there.