Monday, 21 January 2019

Thousands Of People With Learning Disabilities Are Stuck Living In Hospital – Despite Promises From The NHS

Thousands Of People With Learning Disabilities Are Stuck Living In Hospital – Despite Promises From The NHS “The care Stephen received was inhumane. It has to stop.”

Stephen Andrade-Martinez, who has learning disabilities and autism, is 23. He has already spent almost six years living in inpatient wards – a quarter of his life. One of the placements was 80 miles away from his family.

“Stephen finally came home in December, but the long-term impact of being kept in a hospital unnecessarily is apparent everyday,” his mum, Leo, said. “He is self-harming, hitting and biting himself.

“He says he wants to sleep on the floor as that is what he did in the assessment treatment unit,” she continued, adding that he is suffering from “huge panic attacks”. Huffington Post UK

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