Too many people with learning difficulties and autism are being cared for in hospital – Hull Daily Mail

Too many people with autism and learning difficulties are still being treated in hospital rather than the community.

According to an East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) report to councillors, a project aimed at reducing the number of people with autism or a learning disability is behind target.

National NHS planning targets mean withtin the Humber Transforming Care Programme (TCP) area, there should ne no more than 25 hospital beds for people with learning disabilities or autism – nine for the CCG beds and 16 for the NHS – by March 2019.

Statistics from the report show that the programme began with a caseload of 45 patients in April 2016 and there remained 33 people with autism, learning disability or both at the end of October 2018, against an original plan of 28.

In the report, CCG chief officer Jane Hawkard said the Humber TCP is unlikely to reach net discharges within the required time frame, but added that a recovery plan is in place.

Peter Choules, CCG commissioning lead for mental health and learning disability said: “We’re still behind on the target that we were originally set and which we are striving towards, but just to say that I think there have been issues nationally with the programme.”

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