Autism and Learning Disability: Psychiatric Hospitals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will review the use of orders for assessment and treatment under the 1983 Mental Health Act in cases where the patient only has a learning disability or autism.

Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of orders for assessment and treatment under the 1983 Mental Health Act on patients with learning disabilities or autism.

Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people in England subject to an order under the 1983 Mental Health Act (a) have a learning disability or autism and (b) only have a learning disability or autism and no other mental health condition.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, which reported in December 2018. The review recommended that the Government should amend the Act's Code of Practice to clarify best practice when the Act is used for autistic people, learning disability or both and for Care and Treatment Reviews to be given statutory force in the Mental Health Act. The independent review also investigated the definition of learning disabilities and/or autism as a ‘mental disorder’ but did not come to a clear conclusion. The Government is currently considering all the review's recommendations and will publish a White Paper in response by the end of the year.

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