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The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that all 2,250 patients with learning disabilities and autism who are inpatients in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months.
As part of the review, the government will commit to providing each patient with a date for discharge, or where this is not appropriate, a clear explanation of why and a plan to move them closer towards being ready for discharge into the community.
These reviews will particularly important given the shocking abuse uncovered at Whorlton Hall a private hospital in County Durham by the Panorama in May of this year.
Also of interest is this recent article from The Guardian about how social workers are changing the way they work to help people with learning disabilities achieve their aims. Click here to read: Homes, hope, work and love: what learning disabled people want from life.