This week’s interim report by the Department of Health on Winterbourne View and residential care for people with learning disabilities contains some heartening words on why the system needs to be changed, but Dan Parton isn’t sure the actions it outlines go far enough to ensure that it happens: The DH’s report contained little that many involved in the sector didn’t already know about residential care for people with learning disabilities. For example, that people with learning disabilities are staying for too long in in-patient services for assessment and treatment has been widely spoken of for some years. So while
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