Autistic people and others with learning disabilities “should not be transferred to security units,” according to the report.
MPs believe that long-term placement of people with autism and learning difficulties in secure units should be prohibited. According to a study by the Commons health and social care committee, patients are being transported to inpatient facilities that are often far away from their families.
According to NHS records, at least 2,000 people are being kept in England, including 215 under the age of 18. The average length of stay, according to the investigation, was six years.
The discovery comes ten years after the Winterbourne View incident, which discovered horrific abuse at a private institution near Bristol after a BBC Panorama investigation. “It is a national shame that ten years after Winterbourne View, far too many autistic people and people with learning disabilities are still held in secure units,” said committee chairman Jeremy Hunt.
He attributed the “shocking” average detention on the “totally inadequate level of community provision.”
“Long-term admissions should now be prohibited, with alternative community provision established in their place,” he stated.
Mr Hunt also demanded swift action “on the use of restrictive tactics by staff — we’ve heard horrifying stories of physical restraint, long-term segregation, and seclusion in facilities,” according to the report.
“Our objective is to ensure autistic people and people with learning disabilities are supported to live effectively in their communities,” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care stated.
“We’ve proposed limiting the scope of detention for people with autism and learning difficulties who don’t have a mental health condition.”