The Joint Committee on Human Rights says mental health hospitals can inflict “terrible suffering on those detained… causing anguish to their distraught families”.
Its report urges an overhaul of mental health law and hospital inspections in England.
“It must not be allowed to continue,” said Harriet Harman, who chairs the committee.
MPs and peers also say they have no confidence government targets to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities or autism in mental-health hospitals will be met.
- a special No 10 unit to safeguard the human rights of young people with learning disabilities and autism
- an overhaul of inspections, to include covert surveillance and unannounced visits at night and weekends
- only individuals who will benefit from treatment are detained in mental hospital
- families are fully involved in decisions
“This inquiry has shown with stark clarity the urgent change that is needed and we’ve set out simple proposals for exactly that,” Ms Harman said.
“They must be driven forward urgently.”
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