Government faces legal action over ‘inhumane’ treatment of people with disabilities and autism – Sky News

Bethany, 18, was locked up for three years in a mental health unit in solitary confinement in a room her father described as ‘a cell’. Pic: Jeremy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken the first step towards launching a legal challenge against the government over its “repeated failure” to give people with learning difficulties and autism the appropriate accommodation.

It has sent a letter threatening action to Health Secretary Matt Hancock over what it says is the “inappropriate inpatient care” of more than 2,000 people.

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