Police ought to examine claims an autistic man has no human contact and is being fed by way of a hatch.
That’s the view of human rights campaigner Beth Morrison.
The 24-year-old man is a affected person at Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, in Better Manchester.
Mum Nicola Cassidy, from Liverpool, says individuals “wouldn’t deal with an animal” as they do her son.
‘Worse than jail’
She mentioned his case is “worse than being in jail”.
He needs to be launched from the hospital, which has held him for greater than 4 years, she mentioned.
The person is formally recognized solely as Affected person A to guard his privateness.
In addition to autism, he additionally has a studying incapacity and Tourette’s syndrome.
Dwelling in a transformed file room
Affected person A lives in a transformed file room on the hospital, which screens him by CCTV. He has five-to-one assist.
When his room wants cleansing, employees transfer him to a separate space, similar to a backyard, sealed off by a excessive fence.
Cassidy desires her son to reside locally so he can spend extra time along with his household.
Regulation agency Irwin Mitchell is investigating the case involving the hospital, which is owned by the Priory Group.
‘Violent criminals handled higher’
Morrison, who runs Optimistic Behaviour Help Scotland (PBSS), mentioned “violent criminals and murderers are handled higher in prisons than our family members with autism and studying disabilities”.
She mentioned there “completely have to be a prison investigation over this”.
The newest NHS figures present that psychological well being hospitals held 2,085 individuals with autism and studying disabilities on the finish of November.
The Authorities goals to chop this to round 1,440 by 2023/24.
Better Manchester Police declined to remark.
Although Cassidy claims her son has “no bodily contact with anybody”, the Priory Group insists he sees hospital employees and is allowed household visits.
The Priory Group additionally mentioned it had efficiently offered 39 group placements. Nonetheless, it added that folks with “extremely complicated behaviours” could be “troublesome to position”.
Revealed: 12 January 2022