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Government underestimated complexity of moving people with learning difficulties out of hospital, report says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h643 (Published 04 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h643
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The government failed to meet its target to move people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour out of hospital by 1 June 2014 because it underestimated the complexity of the task, the national public spending watchdog has said.

A report by the National Audit Office1 said that the government had not determined the scale of the challenge involved in increasing the number of community placements to the levels set out …

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