Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care and Mental Health, commenting on the CQC review of restraint and seclusion, said “This report shows that the care system has completely failed autistic people and people with learning disabilities who are detained in these unsuitable institutions. The Government’s failure to support people in the community is a national scandal, and the poor and restrictive practices used in these hospital units may amount to an abuse of their human rights.
“Rather than more warm words from Ministers, we need to see real action from the Government including funding placements in the community to support autistic people and people with learning disabilities. Anything less will fail to prevent people from being held needlessly in seclusion or segregated units.
“Labour will invest an extra £350 million a year to help move autistic people and people with learning disabilities back into the community, to be overseen by a cross-ministerial Care Delivery Board, reporting to the Prime Minister.”