Folks with studying disabilities and autism who died in psychological well being hospitals should still be alive had they been dwelling in their very own communities.
That’s the view of campaigner Mark Neary.
Sixty-two-year-old Neary made the remark after Sky Information revealed that 75 folks with autism and studying disabilities have died in England’s hospitals since 2015.
An unbiased evaluate concluded that the dying of one of many 75 — Clive Treacey — was “doubtlessly avoidable”.
Treacey, 47, died in a Nottinghamshire hospital 4 years in the past following a coronary heart assault. He had advanced epilepsy and a studying incapacity.
‘Not sufficient consideration on epilepsy care’
A evaluate by Beverley Dawkins concluded the hospital didn’t give sufficient consideration to Treacey’s epilepsy care.
Neary’s son Steven, 31, who has autism, lives in his personal maisonette in Cowley, London, with help employees.
Neary stated the deaths of these in specialist psychological well being hospitals, referred to as evaluation and remedy models (ATUs), are sometimes linked by an “appalling lack of care”.
Neary, of studying incapacity human rights group Rightful Lives, believes “quite a bit” of the 75 deaths might need been prevented had the folks been dwelling in the neighborhood.
‘All 75 deaths ought to be reviewed’
Dawkins has stated all 75 deaths ought to be reviewed.
Successive governments have dedicated to closing ATUs and enabling folks to dwell in communities.
However the gradual tempo of change has attracted criticism.
Statistics for the tip of November 2021 present there have been 2,085 folks with studying disabilities or autism in ATUs.
Goal to halve variety of folks in hospitals
The newest goal is to halve 2015 ranges of individuals within the models by 2023/24.
In apply, this implies reducing numbers to about 1,440.
The Division of Well being and Social Care stated it’s investing £90 million further this yr in “neighborhood providers” and “supporting discharges”.
Revealed: 9 January 2022