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England’s last learning disability hospital to close amid pledges of better services

 

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England’s last learning disability hospital to close amid pledges of better services

NHS England says people with a learning disability, autism or both in the north-west will be supported to lead more independent lives in their communities in the wake of news of the closure of Calderstones, England’s last standalone NHS learning disability hospital.

The plans to address the historic lack of high quality community-based services in the region, which has resulted in an over-reliance on long stay inpatient care compared to other parts of the country, were given the green light following an extensive three month consultation involving patients, their families, staff and the public.