Healthcare for people with learning disabilities
While the recent Michael Report focuses on discrimination against disabled people in hospital settings, JEF SMITH says care home staff need to be aware of the issues, and take care not to commit the same sins as their colleagues in the acute sector.
Anne Williams, who will take up her post as National Director for Learning Disabilities at the Department of Health in early October, knows that there are some tricky issues waiting for her immediate attention. The next stage of the cross-government Valuing People Now strategy is due for publication before the end of the year, and the recommendations of the damning national audit of services carried out at the end of 2007 have yet to be fully implemented. And within days of Ms Williams’ appointment, the report was published of Sir Jonathan Michael’s enquiry into Mencap’s allegations that (at least) six people with learning disabilities had died as a result of poor health care.