As the national newspapers reveal the horrors of ATUs, as the exposure of Winterbourne did 7 years ago, we must realise that removal from an ATU is to another institution ie ‘community living’ in the area the patient originated from it is not going ‘home’.
And the media revelations just result in cheap sales to other venture capital owners like Winterbourne’s sale to Danshell for 30 million resulting 8 years later in similar exposed abuse.
As in 2019 with ST Andrews.
And increasingly this new institution termed ‘home’ is also owned by the ATU owner, so the patients can and are being MHA sectioned back to the ATU at anytime, so a phyric victory.
Care is not changing it is still unaccountable and anyone- parents /friends can be excluded from this ‘home’ at anytime in MCA best interests. This is merely a manipulation not a solution and a turf war for billions. These patients never gain control of their care let alone their lives. They are saleable care packages for life.
I thought long and hard before writing this post, as I did not want it to appear to condone in any way, the atrocity of life and death in an Adult Treatment Unit.
Atrocities like the 7 year ‘treatment’ of 18 year old Stephanie Bincliffe in an Huntercombe ATU, paid £1761 a day to lock and drug her in a windowless cell.
And no one was held accountable when this fit young woman’s heart stopped after she ballooned to 25 stone.
Clearly, it is illegal and morally reprehensible to imprison and drug anyone, let alone the autistic and learning disabled, as this is not ‘treatment’, or, determinable, as required by the MHA.
But is the solution of ’community living’ any better ?
And why is it that the purpose of all campaigns is only ever to move the autistic and learning disabled to local ‘community living’ placements ?
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