Hospital Abuse Allegations Highlight Vulnerable Adults’ Need For Far Better Protection

Allegations made in last night’s Panorama about the abuse of people who have learning disabilities and autism highlight the urgent need for action to protect vulnerable adults, the Mental Health Foundation says today.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, which includes the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, said: “Eight years after Panorama uncovered systemic abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View, it is soul-destroying to see these new allegations of continuing abuse.

“People with learning disabilities are some of the most vulnerable in society. It is vital that action is taken immediately to ensure they can get fair access to health care.

“Community resources to deliver prevention and early intervention are also urgently needed, to help people with learning disabilities and autism live fulfilling lives in their communities.”

For further information,please contact Rachel Baird on [email protected] or 07749 159 029.

Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to  find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.  Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.