Seven years on from Winterbourne View, why has nothing changed? | Saba Salman People with learning disabilities are still at risk of being abused and dying unnecessarily in institutions. This is unacceptable
This week is the seventh anniversary of BBC Panorama’s exposure of the systematic abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital in Gloucestershire.
The abuse viewers saw routinely taking place at the NHS-funded assessment and treatment unit (ATU), seemed like a watershed moment. A government investigation and official report promised that lessons would be learned and committed to transfer the 3,500 people in similar institutions across England to community-based care by June 2014. Yet the deadline was missed, and the programme described by the then care minister Norman Lamb, as an “abject failure”. Continue reading... The Guardian