Why did, an on message BBC commission a Panorama programme exposing abuse in Winterbourne View?
When the Local Social Services, and the Care Quality Commission after several warnings, had already allowed it to continue.
Why, in June 2011, did the Association of Supported Living, whose members make billions from supporting LD/ Autistic in local private,’ community based’ living away from family, issue a press statement outraged by the scandal..
And, a letter was then sent to every member of the UK Parliament calling for private supported living to replace what most were lead to believe was the public NHS provision of Winterbourne View, when in fact Winterbourne View was the very private community based provision proposed as the solution to its abuse.
Therefore the proposed solution of ‘community living’ ie supported/independent living would benefit their members greatly.
And thus was heralded huge campaigns on social media, national news and documentaries of the 3500 LD/Autistic trapped in public NHS Adult Treatment Units, on the back of abuse in private supported living in Winterbourne.
And it is still going on in June 2017.
But, this private provision, could prove, far more dangerous to our most vulnerable, than public NHS ATUs.
Since at least 2012 The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have backed the strategy for early intervention by professionals.
Facilitated by the creation in 2013, of a new type of Special Educational Needs Statement, the Education Health and Care statement.
Which allows funding streams to be mixed and social services- child protection to monitor the child from starting school.
So from as early as 5, a person’s future pathway to ‘independent, 24/7 surveillance living for huge private profit has been set in stone by the state cabal.
See latest investigation by police into an Autism Independent Living facility Mendip House.
Deaths in private supported living, need not be investigated.
Family can and are excluded on the basis that visits disablise care and are not in their best interests.
There are no spy cameras in supported living.
Medication, is not checked, or, monitored, and, prescribed often by employeemedics of the Supported Living Company.
And, healthcare, is overseen, by their own ‘Specialist Hospitals’, like the one Thomas Rawnsley died in.
It is unclear when MCA deprivation of Liberty orders, are not needed in supported living, and even when they are, they are tick box reviewed without any independent protection annually.
The Carers Act 2014, worryingly, allows, the Secretary of State, to make regulations, allowing any specialist provider, without any prescribed objective criteria, to be exempted, from the regulatory criteria of the Act.
Paving the way for total self regulation, without even, CQC oversight.
The accountability, and checks, therefore are far less in supported living, and, the overriding duty of a private provider , is to ever more efficient ‘care’, for ever more profit.
The MPs letters, and press release, were followed by supporting ‘reports’, and Norman Lamb, the then Health Minster’s Green Paper, all charities/campaigns promoted the very solution that had caused the problem.
And, were backed by a media onslaught, exposing LD deaths in public NHS, and, the horror of children being kept in NHS provision, miles from their families.
All sang harmoniously, from the same laudable hymn sheet, – the autistic/LD, must live in their own ‘home’ within the community.
The poor girl, shown in Winterbourne, under the chair, drugged, tortured, and, bullied for years’ mother, was on the TV, with the bulldozers building a ‘home’ for her daughter.
A ‘home’ policed by venture capital.
A ‘home’ such as Thomas Rawnsley had in Norcott Lodge, and Kingdom House.
A ‘home’ where Thomas, died 4 years after Winterbourne, but the horror of his community based ‘living’ was not, and is still not, exposed.
A ‘home’, most likely, where her abuse, could, and would not be revealed.
Let us explore, just a tip of the private profit iceberg, there for the taking, from the ‘care’ of our most vulnerable.
Managers, of Lifeways, responsible for Thomas Rawnsley at the time of his death
Who held a 20% stake, made an estimated £50m, from their sale for an estimated £250 million to August Equity, who hired Rothschild, the investment bank, to handle the review
How was all this money made ?.And why did venture capital pay £250 million for the future business?
What does Lifeways have that is so valuable ?
It ‘cares’ for 1,500 patients with conditions such as autism and learning difficulties.
August Equity, which already owns a string of healthcare related investments, had owned the business since 2007 ,when it backed a management buyout.
A year later it expanded by buying rival firm Kentwood.
Ever greedy, for more profit from the ‘care’ of our most vulnerable, after this buy out, the new owners Cambian, whose boss earns £450,000 a year, reduced support workers pay to below the minimum wage.
Read here, the history of the already appalling reduction of support workers pay, and benefits, before this take over.
This is not about providing specialist care for our most vulnerable .
This is about providing ‘care’ as cheaply as possible.
Whilst claiming the maximum possible, based on the supposed severity of the behaviour and condition.
Hence the huge profit margin.
Squeezing every penny out of the system, for ever more profit.
These are our children, and, this is our public money.
And, this was Thomas in his at least £4500 per week ‘care‘.