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report tells of system that turns people with learning
disabilities into commodities
The new report
from the University's Centre for Disability Research
(CeDR) found that last year £477 million was forecast to
be spent on keeping just 2,500 people with learning
disabilities and/or autism in hospital and that 52% of
those beds were provided by the independent sector.
entitled 'A Trade in People: The inpatient healthcare
economy for people with learning disabilities and/or
Autism Spectrum Disorder', also states:
- The number of
people in inpatient units run by the independent sector is
increasing when national government policy is for the
opposite to happen
- The way in
which the healthcare economy has been encouraged to
develop by recent governments turns people into
commodities and liabilities.
sector inpatient services charge more; are, on average,
poorer quality in terms of being compliant with Care
Quality Commission standards (and their use of restraint);
and people stay in them for longer
The report says
there is little control over where units are located and
highlights the 'pull effect' of having large independent
providers of in-patient provision.
captures moving evidence, from families, of the 'struggle'
and impact on both the inpatient and the family.
spread of provision has led to the development of what is
effectively a 'market' of people with a learning
disability which the growth of the independent sector has
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