Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, commenting on findings in tonight’s File on 4 investigation into services for adults with learning disabilities, said:
“The concerns highlighted in this investigation are deeply troubling. Parents of adults with learning disabilities and autism are rightly worried for their safety in unsuitable institutions.
“The Government had a target to transfer those adults out of inpatient beds and into the community by March 2019, and it is clear it now has no chance of achieving this key milestone. Without adequate investment in home and community care, many vulnerable adults have been left trapped in institutions that are not fit for purpose.
“Government inaction is a threat to the safety of people with learning disabilities and autism, and cannot continue.”