Turning Point responds to the Government’s Winterbourne report

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the Government's Winterbourne report released today, Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Turning Point's Learning Disability services said;

"It is good to see the final report but as usual, the devil is in the detail. For example, the report mentions Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) developing a data base, however with the current reforms taking place there is a risk that there are no longer learning disability experts in place to make this happen or put adequate monitoring of this in place. Also, the claim that commissioners will focus on personalisation for individuals with learning disabilities is positive, but, with cuts from all angles continuing to bite and some commissioners already saying they can't afford to promote independent living, the implementation of this will be a huge challenge.

At Turning Point we are eager to work with partner organisations to ensure the actions outlined in the report fulfil expectations. We need to work together to ensure people in acute assessment, treatment units and private hospital provision have the specific care they need. However, treatment plans should be temporary and the impetus should be on the move to less restricted services and supported living in the community. It is vital we work together as providers of learning disability services to move the aims of this report from rhetoric to reality."