Norman Lamb
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Government rethinks use of hospitals after Winterbourne View

The government is planning a "dramatic reduction" in the number of people with learning disabilities kept in hospitals in England, care minister Norman Lamb says.

More appropriate care could be found for people closer to home, he said.

It follows the neglect and abuse of patients by staff at the Winterbourne View private hospital, near Bristol, which was uncovered by BBC Panorama.

The NHS funds hospital care for 3,400 people with learning disabilities.

  • 10 Dec 2012