Response to planned reduction in hospital beds for people with learning disabilities

30 October 2015

Responding to the announcement by the NHS, Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS), on future plans for people with learning disabilities, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s director of corporate affairs, Andy Cole, said:

‘People with learning disabilities are clear they want to live in their community, not in hospital. We welcome the clear and ambitious steps and timetable set out in this report to ensure that everyone with a learning disability can lead full and independent lives in their own local communities.

‘The whole country was shocked by the terrible findings of the Winterbourne View inquiry and this plan for change is long overdue. However, we remain concerned that there are insufficient resources and funding currently available to develop the local services needed to make these proposals a reality for people with learning disabilities.

‘There now has to be some real and rapid action taken to offer a better future for disabled people, with the necessary funding and resource to make this ambitious vision a reality. We are committed to offer our support to make this happen.’

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