‘Inappropriate use’ of sectioning claim

    ‘Inappropriate use’ of sectioning claim Charities have raised
    concerns that people with learning difficulties are being
    “inappropriately” detained in psychiatric hospitals under the
    Mental Health Act 1983.

    Mencap has claimed there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that
    people who should be placed in the community are becoming “trapped”
    in hospitals.

    Head of public affairs David Congdon said: “Social services are
    not providing for people’s needs, so health services are picking up
    the pieces.” He added that sectioning was being used as a way to
    get people into services when agencies do not know where else to
    place them. Mencap is looking into how many cases have

    Rob Greig, chair of the Valuing People task force, which is
    tasked with implementing the government’s Valuing People white
    paper, said he was unaware of “inappropriate” use of sectioning but
    said he would welcome fresh evidence.

    According to a Healthcare Commission report published last year,
    about 1,000 people with learning difficulties are being held in
    hospitals either under the Mental Health Act or having been
    voluntarily admitted.

    The task force is working with the commission on gathering
    information about people with learning difficulties who have been
    placed in independent sector hospitals, and on 3,000 people placed
    in NHS residential locations.

    If you know of any cases where people with learning difficulties
    have been inappropriately placed in hospital, please e-mail comcare.news@rbi.co.uk


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