Health Secretary orders probe into autistic youngsters locked in NHS ‘hell holes’ across the UK  | Daily Mail Online


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered an urgent investigation into why youngsters are being locked up like criminals because they have autism or learning difficulties, just days after The Mail on Sunday revealed their appalling plight.

Mr Hancock was ‘deeply shocked’ by this newspaper’s account last week of children as young as 13 being incarcerated, sometimes for years, in NHS-funded assessment and treatment units, known as ATUs.

Our exposé, based on numerous detailed interviews with distraught individuals and families, found evidence of routine abuse of children and young people kept in the secretive facilities.

 

Source: Health Secretary orders probe into autistic youngsters locked in NHS ‘hell holes’ across the UK  | Daily Mail Online

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