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NHS to close residential hospitals for people with learning disabilities

NHS England will close many of the 58 residential hospitals where people with learning disabilities are still being sent to live, despite a government pledge to move people out of these facilities.

This news comes in response to the Winterbourne View scandal.

Simon Stevens announced the plans while being quizzed by MPs on why there had been a failure to move people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour out of these facilities as announced last week in a report by the National Audit Office.

He told the Public Accounts Committee that he also intends to force closure or reform of up to 49 private facilities that provide long-term accommodation for such people as well.

“I am afraid the time has come to say that some of these remaining facilities are going to have to close and care is going to have to be re-provided in a radical way,” Stevens said.

He added that the next 12 to 24 months would be used to ‘to chart out what that substantial transition programme is going to look like for those facilities.’