MPs criticise government for inaction since Winterbourne View scandal

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1700
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Failures to close psychiatric hospitals and to tackle the financial disincentives for re-housing patients are to blame for the government missing its target of moving most patients with a learning disability and challenging behaviour into the community, MPs have said.1

MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee examined changes to care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour since the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011, when widespread abuse of patients at the hospital was uncovered by the BBC’s Panorama programme.2

The incidents at Winterbourne View prompted the government to commit to moving any people with a learning disability and challenging behaviour out of hospital by 1 June 2014 if they would be …

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