Maureen Oswin, the renowned social care researcher, writer and
campaigner, died of cancer last week at the age of 70.
Oswin won Community Care’s Readers Millennium Award in
1999 for being the person who had made the greatest contribution
towards modern social care.
Born in Surrey, she fought relentlessly against the often
appalling conditions in the old long-stay hospitals for people with
Her campaigns and books such as The Empty Hours brought
her hostility within the profession, led to her promotion prospects
being blocked and her pension docked.
Her later work was in the field of bereavement and in 1991 she
published her last book (reprinted last year), Am I Allowed to
Cry? a study of bereavement and people with learning
A full obituary will appear in a later issue.