No Voice Unheard… as long as we can afford it, says minister

In the Disability News Service (13 November 2015) John Pring comments further on the consultation “No Voice Unheard, No Right Ignored”…

The government has been accused of handing itself a “get out of jail free” card by proposing improvements to health and social care for people with learning difficulties, but warning they will only be introduced if it has enough money.

The criticism came after the publication of the Department of Health’s response to No Voice Unheard, No Right Ignored, a consultation on improving standards in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal.

The consultation was launched followed disappointment at the lack of progress made to move people with learning difficulties from inpatient hospital settings to community-based homes, and was issued earlier this year under the coalition government by the Liberal

Democrat care and support minister Norman Lamb.

It was aimed at making it easier for people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health conditions to escape institutional care – often in settings far from their original homes – and live independently in the community.

The social care minister Alistair Burt said this week: “We expect to see a significant change in the experience of care and in outcomes for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions between now and 2020.”…

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