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Cornwall trust lifted out of 'special measures'

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Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust has made substantial progress in its provisions for patients with learning disabilities, the Healthcare Commission has announced.

Acting on the advice of the commission, health secretary Alan Johnson has lifted the trust out of ‘special measures’, which have applied since July 2006 following a series of allegations made by families of people with learning disabilities.

In its progress report, the commission stated that the Cornwall trust had begun to design services around the needs and choices of individuals, though cautioned that there is considerable work still to do.

Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, said: ‘We have seen a fundamental change in the services which used to be provided by Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust. In making the recommendation to take the trust out of special measures, the commission recognises the transformation.’

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