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?