The BBC have discovered that Scots with learning disabilities and autism have been locked in secure hospitals and psychiatric wards for decades, unable to get out despite ministers saying 22 years ago they should be living independently in the community. One person with a learning disability had been behind locked doors for 25 years. Another was cleared for release eight years ago but is still in hospital. Families said their relatives had been left to rot. The Scottish government said the findings were unacceptable and that local services must do more to get people into their own homes. Freedom of Information requests revealed that 15 Scots with learning disabilities and autism had been living for twenty years or more in hospital, 40 for over ten years and 129 for over a year. Nine autistic people with learning disabilities who had never committed a crime were in a high-security psychiatric hospital which houses Scotland's most serious criminals.
Scotland: patients locked in secure hospitalsWritten by David Fletcher 19 Aug 2022
- Pray: for these revelations to lead to independent inquiries into the treatment provided so that patients receive care, therapy, medication and supported housing at appropriate levels. (Zechariah 7:9)
- More: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62477095