CQC report on the use of ATUs - Avenues response

21/05/2019

Commenting on this morning’s release of the CQC's interim report on the segregation of people with learning disability or autism in hospital, Avenues Interim Chief Executive Jo Land said: 

“The suggestion that further review and assessment of these poor people is a way forward is ludicrous. They have too often suffered appalling mistreatment under previous “assessment” and it’s time for this to stop.

“These units are no place for anyone with learning disability or autism and there must be a robust and rigid programme to get them out, and into supported living, not a new system of protracted reviews. The additional suggestion that there is “nowhere else for them to go” is incorrect. There are a wide range of high-quality charities carrying out successful transitions on behalf of the NHS and local authorities already, with the capacity and will do so much more - but the authorities need to engage fully in that process.”

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for an independent review of every person who is being held in segregation in mental health wards for children and young people and wards for people with a learning disability or autism.

https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/cqc-calls-action-fix-closed-system-leads-people-learning-disability-or-autism-being