Treatment of people with learning difficulties in ATUs

Inclusion London submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding the treatment of people with learning difficulties and people on the autistic spectrum (LD/A) in hospital Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs)

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Below is a summary of the issues raised in the submission and our recommendations.

 

Key points

·     The practices of institutionalisation, compulsory treatment, chemical and physical restraint and isolation breach the rights in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to on a daily basis.

·      Current legislation, which allows these practices is failing people LD/A in hospital  units.

·      Lack of support in the community results in people with LD/A being admitted into hospital.

·      Lack of support in the community and lack of housing/supported housing can prevent people with LD/A moving back to the community from hospital.

·      NHS health services are failing to pass funding to local authorities to enable them to provide support and housing in the community to enable people with LD/A to move out of hospital back into the community.

Summary of key recommendations

·     The UNCRPD is placed in domestic law.

·      In accordance with UNCRPD the practices of institutionalisation, compulsory treatment, chemical and physical restraint, isolation and seclusion/segregated are completely eradicated in the UK.

·      Increase in funding for support and housing in the community to prevent further admissions of people with LD/A to hospital units/institutions.

·      NHS funding currently paying for inpatients with LD/A to be transferred to local authorities and ring-fenced for social care/support and housing, enabling the release of people with LD/A from hospital to live in the community.

Our evidence is available to download here.