PRISONS FOR THE DISABLED: Tory disability minister green-lights forced institutionalisation : Evolve Politics


According to the Disability News Service, the Tory minister for disabilities, Penny Mordaunt, yesterday refused to reject a suggestion that disabled people should be forced into government institutions against their will.

Mordaunt was answering questions put to her by the activist group Disability United, and asked specifically what she and the Conservative government would do to protect the disabled from “forced institutionalisation”.

Far from ruling it out, the Tory minister seemed to defend the proposal:

“The decision about whether to institutionalise somebody against their will is rightly a matter for medical professionals, and decisions should be made on the grounds of individual safety and health.”

Disabled researcher and writer Dr Jenny Morris was a leading figure behind the former Labour government’s 2008 ‘Independent Living’ strategy. She described Mordaunt as wholly “dodging the issue”, stating even the question was:

completely unacceptable in a modern society.

Fleur Perry, a representative of Disability United

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