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Learning disability campus closure deadline missed due to legal wrangling

NHS badge by comedy nose.jpgThe closure of NHS campuses for people with learning disabilities will miss its deadline due to legal wrangling.

The previous government set a target to close all NHS campuses by the end of this year. But in this will not be met.

Campuses are group homes for former long-stay hospital residents, where learning disabled people have been found to have less choice than in other settings.

In a letter to NHS and local authority chiefs Ann Williams, national director for learning disabilities at the Department of Health (DH), said that those areas where campuses were in the midst of defending legal challenges to closure or awaiting decisions from the court of protection.

Today’s news it not a surprise, in April the DH published a report saying it was unlikely to meet the target.

In her letter today Williams, wrote: “We expect that, as a minimum, everyone still in campuses at the end of 2010 will have new support providers in place and full transition plans. In some areas, people will be in transition to their new homes during 2011, because of planning and other unexpected delays, although most will have moved by March 2011.”

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