COMMENTARY

Sunday Express - - SPECIAL INVESTIGATION - By Nor­man Lamb MP

MANY hun­dreds with autism or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties ca­pa­ble of liv­ing in­de­pen­dent lives with sup­port in the com­mu­nity re­main locked away. This is a fun­da­men­tal breach of their hu­man rights.

Com­pa­nies are prof­i­teer­ing from pro­vid­ing the wrong sort of care, abus­ing hu­man rights at enor­mous cost to the tax­payer.

There is hor­rific use of drugs and re­straint whilst hold­ing peo­ple in small, se­cluded prison-like cells. Staff are so of­ten not prop­erly trained in how se­vere autism and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties af­fect in­di­vid­u­als.

This en­demic prob­lem needs to be ad­dressed as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

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