Follow up to Caroline Dinenage Minister for Adult Social Care

 

Follow up message to Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Adult Social Care and Disabilities.

Further to my email of the 19th February and my proposal that the terms of the Oxfam judicial review should be extended, I feel obliged to submit further justification.
There can be little doubt that the indiscriminate dismantling of vital support services for people with learning disabilities has left current and future care in the community policies in total disarray. Much trauma and distress for the families affected could have been avoided if significant lessons that should have been learnt from history had been taken on board.
Regrettably, therein lies another major problem that deserves closer scrutiny, the historical evidence relating to the most critical era in the history of support services for people with learning disabilities has by default or intent been omitted or blatantly covered up.
One has only to look at the ‘Timeline of learning disability history’ published by the Open University, with the approval of numerous other UK Universities, to recognise that there are glaring gaps in the period when sound evolutionary policies were being transmuted into ‘politically correct’ dogmas that have since proved to be disastrous.
This has been the work of a relatively small group of ‘would be pioneers’ who inherited a legacy from the real pioneers who had successfully set in progress the foundation for rational and achievable care in the community policy. A legacy that has since been decimated and thrown away.
Incredibly, the small group allowed themselves to be brainwashed by a few individuals who fulfilled their own limited agendas. But where were the mass of other intellectuals and academics who permitted this to happen at immense cost to the victims?
An extended judicial enquiry is surely warranted to explore thirty years of wasted financial and human resources, and more seriously, the human suffering that has arisen because of irresponsible responses to misinformation?

Author: charlesahenley

Following a varied career starting with 4 years as a city office worker, 4 years service in the RAF both as ground staff ad flying duties, 16 years working for IBM Time systems division as a service engineer, a short spell as a production line supervisor, before returning as service manager to another US business machines corporation who had taken over IBM Time systems division in the UK. The nature of this work brought into contact with day centre establishments for people with learning disabilities and in 1966 when radical and progressive policies were awakening I changed career direction. In the years that followed I worked for five different authorities at centres ranging in size from 24 to 190 attendees of all levels of ability and saw remarkably progressive policies being introduced in the first 20 years for the benefit of the attendees and their carers. Sadly, as a consequence of local authorities gaining full control of policy implementation from 1990 onwards, service support went into a spiral of decline that has made debacle of the rational principles of care in the community. There is now a vital need to take responsibility for service implementation away from local authorities and the NHS and grant it to a single service agency under the direction of its own Minister. Without an urgent change of direction, the current dire situation can only worsen.

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