Calderstones in Lancashire will close along with up to half 2,600 hospital beds in NHS and private sectors as part of changes following Winterbourne View scandal
An inspection of Calderstones hospital last year found ‘serious deficiencies’ in its quality of care, including excessive use of face-down restraint.
The only remaining NHS hospital in England for people with learning difficulties is to be shut under a £45m plan to drive through modernisation of services following the Winterbourne View scandal.
Calderstones hospital near Clitheroe, Lancashire, will close along with up to half the 2,600 hospital beds in the NHS and private sectors that are being used for learning disabled people. The beds will be replaced by supported housing schemes.
The plan, set out in a joint report by NHS England and council leaders, is being welcomed by learning disability charities and campaigners after more than four years of failure to deliver on promises of reform made after disclosure of abuse of patients at the former Winterbourne View private hospital, near Bristol.
The BBC’s Panoroma programme revealed the neglect and abuse of patients by staff at Winterbourne View, in Hambrook, south Gloucestershire, in 2011.
Six people were jailed in 2012 and five were given suspended sentences.