The Government has been focusing on the ways in which we can do more to integrate health and education, the two are linked in many ways, so it is good that today the Health Secretary is announcing new measures to improve the care system for those with autism and learning disabilities, to help ensure that everyone receives the care they need and deserve.
Learning disabilities and autism are one of the four clinical priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan. Too many people with learning disabilities or autism are admitted to hospital when this could have been avoided. When they are in hospital they remain there too long, and instances of poor care remain too common.
Following a review from the Care Quality Commission, we are accepting all its recommendations and introducing wider measures to improve care for those with learning disabilities. This will include funding specialists and independent advocates to work with families, joining up services and working to move people to the least restrictive care and then out into the community.
As a Government we are committed to improving care for autistic people and those with learning disabilities to ensure that they receive the high quality, sensitive and compassionate care they deserve.