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Mental health services failing young people with autism

12th November 2012

The NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network has found that it is more difficult for people with autism or learning disabilities to access health services than people without special needs.

Paddy Cooney, interim director of MHN, said: "Our researchers found that while there are some excellent examples of where mental health services are helping people with a learning disability or autism, these are not yet common across England. What we must do is make sure that the best practice, which currently exists in pockets of England, becomes standard across the country." 

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Shazia Khan

Monday 19th November 2012 @ 19:25

This best practice clearly does not exist in harrow because our autistic child was admitted to A&E Northwick park hospital and treated appallingly. The doctors pumped him full of antipsychotics and refused to give him a bed because they said he was CAMHS responsibility not theirs. We were out in the resting room for the decreased patients for 4 days whilst they argued amongst depts as to who should take responsibility. Failing that they attempted to section him under MHA to get him a bed elsewhere but he is 15 and there are apparently no adolescent units for such teenagers. In effect he was refused medical treatment because he has autism .

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