HOW OUR CAMPAIGN IS PILING PRESSURE ON MINISTER TO ACT
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was ‘deeply shocked’ by our revelations and ordered the Care Quality Commission to review over-zealous use of restraint, seclusion and segregation on people with autism and learning disabilities. Final report not due until 2020.
Harriet Harman, chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, was ‘disturbed’ over cases of ‘apparent poor treatment’. Evidence from parents left MPs wiping their eyes. Last week they also heard from NHS and CQC officials.
Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has been meeting distraught parents of sectioned teenagers to prepare a report. ‘I place a big emphasis on shining a light on children hidden from view and none are more so than those in assessment and treatment units,’ she said.
The Health and Social Care Select Committee is preparing to launch an inquiry in the wake of this newspaper’s Locked Up For Autism campaign. It is likely to hear from families and interrogate senior health officials and local authorities.