Abuse victims' families accuse Govt of 'appalling failures'

Families of Winterbourne View Hospital abuse victims have accused the Government, NHS and local authorities of an "appalling failure" over the rehousing of vulnerable people with disabilities.

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Care minister: Change after scandal 'unacceptably slow'

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said the Winterbourne View scandal was "a wake up call" but that progress to bring about change "has been unacceptably slow."

The Lib Dem MP said: "I want to see a real change of pace in the next few months to move people out of institutions where appropriate, and, with the right support, back into the community. NHS England has been tasked to develop a clear plan to move things forward quickly."

File image of the Winterbourne View residential hospital. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Mr Lamb's comments came after families of Winterbourne View Hospital abuse victims accused the Government, NHS and local authorities of an "appalling failure" over the rehousing of vulnerable people with disabilities.

Complaints have been made that some families are having to travel hundreds of miles to the units where their children have been housed.

Govt accused of 'appalling failure' over care promises

Families of Winterbourne View Hospital abuse victims have accused the Government, NHS and local authorities of an "appalling failure" over the rehousing of vulnerable people with disabilities.

They said there has been a "betrayal" of people at risk of abuse and neglect after ministers claimed the care of around 3,000 people with learning disabilities and autism should be reviewed in light of the Winterbourne View scandal three years ago.

General view of the Winterbourne View residential hospital. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The families wrote in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, "The time for talking and excuses is over. The Prime Minister must take personal responsibility and address this failure of national government, local government and the NHS."

Undercover filming by BBC's Panorama showed a pattern of serious abuse at the private hospital near Bristol and six workers were later jailed for ill-treatment and neglect.

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