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Consultation on changes to inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities

Health chiefs have given the go ahead to a consultation on changes to provision of inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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At its meeting on 7 August 2018 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group's Governing Body made the decision to consult with local people about proposals to reduce the number of inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities and to invest the money that would be saved into community services.

Dr Gary Howsam, GP Chair and Chief Clinical Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: "People with a learning disability have the right to the same opportunities and to have the same expectations as anyone else. However in many cases people with a learning disability spend a significant amount of time in hospital, in some cases many years, when they could be living fulfilling lives in their local community. 

"We feel that, in line with the national Transforming Care Programme, the proposals would improve patients' experiences and deliver better clinical outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

"By reducing the number of inpatient beds locally we will be able to reinvest the money we will save into enhanced community teams and a crisis management service which is not hospital-based. We feel that this will help to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough."

The consultation starts today (Friday 10 August 2018) and will close at 5pm on Friday 28 September 2018. Full details of the consultation are available on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group's website at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk

10/08/2018