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Autistic people stuck in mental health hospitals

The National Autistic Society are calling on the Government and NHS England to make sure that the right range of services are available in every area for autistic people, to support them and prevent them reaching crisis point. This is in response to two reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Children’s Commissioner for England that reveal the extent of the scandal of autistic people stuck in mental health hospitals. These reports highlight how for autistic people in hospital, restraint, seclusion and segregation are too often a part of their experience. This is unacceptable and points to a system that is broken and must be fixed.

We believe that the Government needs to look again at the Mental Health Act and how it applies to autistic people, so that autistic people aren’t wrongly sectioned.

Date added: 21 May 2019