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I decided to start a petition today because last night's Dispatches programme on Channel 4 was so difficult to watch.

Dispatches shows that people with a learning disability are living in the type of institutions that should have closed years ago. Horrible things are happening to them there.

I recognised the fear of the families on the programme in my own fears about my beautiful son, Stephen, who has been in inpatient units for 4 years now.

Stephen is a loving and much-loved son and brother. He brightens my world.  Like the people shown in the programme, Stephen belongs in the community, with his family and those that love him.

The NHS is allowing heart-breaking and distressing things to happen by paying for the beds in these places, when alternatives exist. This must stop. Now.

That’s why I’m asking the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, to stop sending people with a learning disability to large inpatient units where they are at risk of abuse and neglect. Now.

Will you support my petition, telling NHS England that enough is enough?

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