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Restraint and isolation: what lessons have been learned since Winterbourne View?

The Care Quality Commission is reviewing the treatment of people with learning disabilities and autism in inpatient settings to ‘eliminate inappropriate restrictive practices’
Isolation and restraint

The Care Quality Commission is reviewing the treatment of people with learning disabilities and autism in inpatient settings to ‘eliminate inappropriate restrictive practices’

It is more than six years since the government published its response to the Winterbourne View Hospital scandal.

Among the many findings of the report was a warning about the misuse of restraint, which it said was a problem in assessment and treatment units. But despite countless promises things would change, the issues remain.

Last year, the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock ordered the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to review the treatment people who have learning disabilities and autism receive in inpatient settings.

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episodes of restraint in England between 2016 and 2017

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