Although poor or bad care should never be ignored it is not always the fault of the carers, especially recently when all carers have been working over and beyond due to lack of staff, inappropriate systems, COVID experiences, insufficient management and a serious lack of funding. It is also well known that rates of pay for carers is abysmal, but that should have no bearing on the quality of care, but staff exhaustion could have.
This Government and no previous Governments have valued social care and as such, funding has never been a priority for any UK governments.
This in some respect is so for mental health for when in the 60s/70s it was envisaged that metal health should be transferred from the mainly, Victorian Institutions into the community little or no finance was provided and so appropriate housing was virtually non-existent and has led to the situations of today.
Similarly, the funding of social care on any extent of sufficiency, if any also did not take place and still hasn’t today.
It is a disgrace that persons with learning disabilities and autism have not been sufficiently looked after and this is mainly down to UK governments not providing any real finance for social care and mental health. For while neither learning disabilities and autism are mental health conditions the lack of suitable and sufficient facilities will have a great deal to do with the onset of mental health conditions. In fact, any government since 1948 and certainly within the last 20 years should be ashamed of themselves, for it appears the methodology used was ‘out of sight, out of mind. For they either didn’t wish to know or have the ability to know.
Also as well as insufficient finance and inappropriate systems there is also a great insufficiency around the knowledge of learning disabilities and autism for in most cases , if not all not one person with a learning disability and/or autism should never have been placed in mental health facilities, as appropriate community settings in every area should have been available. But as said before the lack of finance and governments unwillingness to provide any and no real insight to the problems by indifference to the conditions was the main cause.
It is not families letting down their relatives, for they have and are doing more than they could have deemed possible, to the point of making themselves ill by the lack of notice and actions they are receiving.
This is a complete dereliction of ‘Duty of Care’ by UK Governments.