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‘Human rights scandal’ – disability charity responds to CQC report

May 22, 2019

National disability charity, Sense, has called on the Government to urgently review the restraint, seclusion or long term segregation of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in hospital inpatient settings, following the publication of a new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on ‘Segregation in mental health wards for children and young people and in wards for people with a learning disability or autism’.

Sense head of public policy Sarah White said: the organisation was “shocked and appalled” by CQC’s findings.

“It’s a human rights scandal,” said Ms White.

“Government must urgently safeguard people with a learning disability &/or autism, including children, ‘stuck in segregation’ in hospital settings. It is unacceptable that people with complex needs end up in restrictive hospital settings and are then unable to leave them because of a lack of appropriate community social care provision.

“The Health Secretary has already backed the CQC’s call for an independent review of these cases, which we welcome, and hope that the Government’s promise to address these systemic failures will be followed by immediate solutions. It’s time government finally started to prioritise social care reforms so that people with complex disabilities receive the right support across health and social care.”

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