Hancock vows to fix ‘broken’ system segregating autistic and people with learning disabilities

Every patient held in long-term segregation or seclusion is to be reviewed by independent advocates to fix a ‘broken’ care system for autistic people and those with learning disabilities, health secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Too many people with learning disabilities or autism are admitted to hospital unnecessarily or kept segregated in hospital for years with little say over their own lives. The publication of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report into the use of restraint and segregation in health and care settings, reveals poor staff training about autism and learning disabilities, people kept secluded for years and the segregation of children as young as 11-years-old. Reasons for prolonged time in segregation included delayed discharge from hospital due to there being no suitable package of care available in a non-hospital setting.

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