The appointment of Caroline Dinenage as Minister of State overseeing adult social care, the Department of Health and Social Care could be the political ‘kiss of death’ for Caroline, or the first glimmer of hope for the 1.4 million families with members who have learning disabilities. It could well be that she will be the first Minister since Enoch Powell in the 1960s who has shown genuine concern for this vulnerable and disadvantaged section of our society.
But first, there must be recognition that care in the community is in terminal decline. The hemorrhaging of vital services over the years, and the cover up of the betrayal of these people by academics and major charitable organizations responsible for their welfare, needs to be scrutinized and debated. Will this happen?
Extremely doubtful, for to hand back responsibility for social care for people with learning disabilities to the Department of Health in the light of its past dreadful performance (Institutions and the ‘chemical cosh’), suggests that absolutely nothing has been learnt from social history.
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