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Burstow & Brake: Government must act in light of damning report on Orchard Hill

January 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, and Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, have called on the government to take action after a damning report revealed negligence and abuse at the Orchard Hill facility, which provides care for adults with learning disabilities.

During a debate yesterday in the House of Commons, Tom Brake MP called for government to provide funding to Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust to help it act on recommendations in last week's report by the Health Care Commission. Minister Ivan Lewis promised that the government would ensure that implementation of the recommendations "would not be…impeded by lack of resources."

Mr Brake and Mr Burstow, said they are 'cautiously optimistic" about the response, but committed themselves to holding the government to its promise. The two MPs have tabled a motion calling on the government to provide the funding and support recommended by the Health Care Commission.

Commenting on Mr Lewis' reaction, Tom Brake MP said:

"I am glad that the government appears to be taking the Health Care Commission's report seriously and has promised to take steps to ensure its recommendations are acted upon."

"The Minister's indication that a lack of resources would not be an obstacle to the fulfilment of the Health Care Commission's recommendations is a cause for cautious optimism about the future of Orchard Hill."

Paul Burstow MP added:

"It is now imperative that we hold the government to its promise."

"Our motion calls on the government to make good its promise to provide external funding and support available to the PCT in order that it can implement the Commission's recommendations."

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