Yesterday’s report (22/10/20) from the CQC, ‘Out of Sight – Who Cares?’ has documented too many shocking examples of undignified and inhumane care in some hospital settings.
It is hard to read and hard to imagine how such dreadful experiences have been allowed to continue. These vulnerable children, young people and adults have been out of the sight of those who love them, who have been campaigning for change, for too long.
Some services that have been paid to provide therapeutic care have relied on restriction, seclusion and punishment, instead of understanding, meeting needs and supporting distress in trauma-informed ways.
Some of this has been going on for years.
The Restraint Reduction Network supports the CQC’s call for improved community-based capacity and capability across education, health and care for people with a learning disability, autistic people and/or those with a mental health condition.
People should live in their own communities, feel safe and secure in their homes, and be supported by people and services that have their best interests at heart. People should be cherished and supported to thrive, and cared for properly when distressed.
But still, despite the many previous health and social reports and recommendations, people with complex needs are falling through the gaps.
We cannot be confident that human rights are being upheld, let alone be confident that people supported to live fulfilling lives.
It is clear there needs to be fundamental system wide change in the way care is planned, funded, and delivered.
23rd October 2020