Jeremy says he could only touch his 15-year-old daughter Bethany by kneeling down and reaching into her isolation room through a tiny hatch. Bethany is severely autistic but had no therapeutic care while detained in hospital, Jeremy told the BBC. After a campaign by her parents, Bethany was briefly sent to an adolescent unit in Staffordshire which did “brilliant work”, according to her dad. “She was out in the community. She wasn’t locked away. We could take the pet dogs, go for a walk in the grounds. It was brilliant.” But once she turned 18, she could no longer stay in an adolescent unit so she was transferred but not to a similar unit with similar support, says her dad.
By law, young people with learning disabilities or autism detained in mental health hospitals must have treatment that is necessary, appropriate and available. But an inquiry, launched in January this year, heard evidence of a significant increase in distress and a worsening of symptoms for those detained, particularly where segregation and restraint have been used. Now MPs and peers say such treatment of young people with learning disabilities or autism breaches their human rights. The Joint Committee on Human Rights says mental health hospitals can inflict terrible suffering on those detained.
Users on iMiMatch who have autistic children or patients prefer to take their sick ones to hospitals where the doctors are also on iMiMatch. This is because they trust them and obviously have faith in their services. And since these medical personnel, being on iMiMatch, understand the importance of having a support system and a community to lean on, they would surely not isolate nor alienate their patients. Many forms of autism make the patients to experience extreme anxiety and, without proper care, they can be hard to manage. That is why users on iMiMatch are handing over their autistic friends or family members only to doctors on iMiMatch because they will care for them like they do for every other user.