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NI Health Service Should Act On Learning Disability Report

Posted 10:45AM on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Positive Futures has welcomed a report launched by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO, which has found that people with a learning disability are being kept in hospitals far from their homes for too long.

Sir Stephen Bubb’s report, entitled Winterbourne View – Time for Change, makes a range of recommendations, including introducing a charter of rights and more community facilities for people with a learning disability and/or autism and their families. His review came after abuse was exposed at Winterbourne View care home in Bristol.

Positive Futures’ Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, said: “Radical changes are needed across the UK in the way people with a learning disability and autism are treated by the health and social care system. We would like to see people and their families take much more control of how the services they need are provided. They should have a much greater say in how the budget for their care and support is spent.

“We welcome Sir Stephen’s recommendation that people should be supported to move out of hospitals and institutions and into the community. We know that there are local people placed outside of Northern Ireland because it’s claimed adequate support is not available closer to home. It is not acceptable that people cannot access services locally and we hope that health and social services in all areas of the UK will act on the recommendations of this report. If Sir Stephen’s findings are good enough for England, they are good enough for Northern Ireland, too.”