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27 Jun 2017
Dundee Stronger Together

One of the important recommendations in the Keys to Life calls for work to be done in bringing people who have placements outwith Scotland back to services here. 

Many local authorities place people with complex needs in specialist units south of the border.  Over recent years, some work has helped people move to local placements. 

But we think it is important not to forget NHS placements south of the border too. 

At Northgate Hospital, near Morpeth in Northumberland there are a group of long stay residents who been stuck there for years. Eleven people ranging in age from the early 20s up to their late 40s all come from Scotland but are stuck miles away from family and familiar places.  

 

 

People with learning disabilities die more than 16 years earlier than other people on average, in part because of inadequate healthcare and unequal access to services, according to Bristol University research.

Confidential inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilitiesexamined the deaths of 247 people with learning disabilities in South West England from 2010-12. 

The median age of death for people with learning disabilities was 65 for men, compared with 78 for the UK population, and 63 for women, compared with 83 for the UK population. Overall, 22% of people with learning disabilities died before the age of 50, compared with 9% of the general population.

204 family carers and people with learning disabilities attended a meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday 3rd July to talk about the proposedaudience at meeting closures of learning disability centres in the city.  In addition to this a number of politicians were in attendance.  People were there to express their concerns to the new independent chair of the proposed Public Social Partnership, Alexis Jay.  

Ms Jay was the former Chief Social Work Inspector and has been asked to step into Glasgow.  She had asked to meet with carers and people with learning disabilities first and this meeting was a chance to do this.  Over 31 people spoke at the meeting, expressing their concerns and worries about the plans.  

Many of the people with learning disabilities present spoke at the meeting but others found it too difficult but spoke later to LDAS TV about their thoughts about the closures.  You can see their comments here in this short video - "No Way Jose".  

DAY CENTRE CLOSURES

CITY-WIDE MEETING

MITCHELL THEATRE

6 GRANVILLE STREET, GLASGOW G3 7DR

WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY

7.00 – 9.00 PM

 Since November 2012 the consultation methods applied to the closure of the three day centres has created a hostile relationship between the 520 families who depend on day centres and Glasgow City Council. For the past 7 months day centre families have unanimously & strongly opposed the Council's closure plans. The response from elected members is to carry on regardless with little attention being paid to the concerns of elderly carers, ethnic minority service users or those who care for a profoundly disabled family member.

 

At the meeting on Wednesday July 3, the call for a moratorium was passed unanimously by over 200 family carers and service users campaigning to keep their Day Centres open

Since November 2012 the consultation methods applied to the closure of the three day centres has created a hostile relationship between the 520 families who depend on day centres and Glasgow City Council. For the past 7 months day centre families have unanimously & strongly opposed the Council's closure plans. The response from elected members is to carry on regardless with little attention being paid to the concerns of elderly carers, ethnic minority service users or those who care for a profoundly disabled family member.

In particular, many elderly carers are reaching crisis point the closer we come to actual closure dates. Families that include a profoundly disabled day centre user fear the return to a regime that removes their loved one from the community environment they currently experience in day centre settings and places them in a situation that can only be described as social segregation.

This is a briefing paper that sets out the reasons for the reasonable request from day centre carers for a 2 year moratorium on the current closure plans