Charities respond to CQC Mental Health Act Report

Two charities, Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, are deeply concerned that abusive practices, such as over-restraint, seclusion and over medication, are being allowed to continue in many hospitals and have issued the following joint statement.

“The CQC report highlights that mental health services are failing to protect vulnerable people. Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are deeply concerned that in many hospitals, abusive practices, such as patients being over-restrained, locked up and over medicated, are being allowed to continue. People’s needs are simply not being understood.

People with a learning disability are particularly vulnerable, because they often can’t speak up for themselves. At Winterbourne View, where shocking abuse was uncovered in 2011, most of the people with a learning disability had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The abuse, bullying and humiliation which took place there included the inappropriate use of restraint.

The CQC recognises that urgent action is needed. This must address the needs of people with a learning disability.”