Mencap concerned that homes like Winterbourne View used as a 'dumping ground'

The charity Mencap has called on the Government to show leadership in providing better local services for people with learning difficulties.

Spokesman for Dan Scorer said institutions like Winterbourne View are supposed to provide temporary care.

Instead he said they were becoming a "dumping ground for people with complex needs who local authorities are struggling to support".

Mr Scorer said better local service would prevent people being taken away from their friends and family and help prevent abuse in the future.

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Six care home abusers jailed

Six former care home workers have been jailed after being filmed abusing patients at Winterbourne View private hospital by an undercover BBC Panorama reporter last year. Another five have been given suspended sentences.