PERFORMANCE: Seven London primary care trusts have missed a government deadline for closing down their learning disability campuses, new documents reveal.
Barnet, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Westminster, Bromley and Croydon PCTs missed not only the Department of Health deadline of closing the NHS-owned facilities where people with learning disabilities stay voluntarily, but are due to miss the extended March deadline also.
It has been policy to close them down since 2006 but a report from NHS London in November said the strategic health authority had asked for an extension to the December 2010 deadline.
It confirmed last week that the seven PCTs had still not decommissioned their campuses.
The report to NHS London’s performance leadership group warned: “There is likely to be an increased risk to the individuals in campuses because of transition that is not carefully planned or risk to safe care as campuses are closed down.”
The report said five PCTs were involved in a judicial review and that it anticipated 56 people were likely to remain on campus after December.
In its national commitments and priorities 2009/10 the Care Quality Commission said: “NHS campuses do not offer the best possible support and opportunity for independence and choice for people with learning disabilities.
“The government’s policy aim is for people not to live in NHS facilities, but to receive the best possible support and treatment from NHS services. Where appropriate, this should include specialist services that are as close to home as possible.”
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