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Learning disability care ‘failing’ and NHS ‘needs £2 billion’

A major report commissioned by NHS England has revealed people with learning disabilities are still too often being cared for in private hospitals, The Telegraph reports.

The report found admissions to such hospitals was actually increasing, despite the Government’s promise to move more people with learning disabilities into the community, following the shocking Winterbourne expose.

And think-tank The King’s Fund says the NHS needs another £2 billion to plug funding gaps, the BBC reports.

Its report shows that deficits across the service have reached £630 million – up from £500 million a few months ago.

King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham said: ‘There is scope to improve productivity in the NHS, but this will not be enough to respond to unprecedented pressures on budgets and meet rising demand for services.

‘Unless more money is found a financial crisis is inevitable next year and patients will bear the cost as waiting times rise and quality of care deteriorates.’