Sunday, 28 February 2016

NHS fails to provide appropriate assessment and treatment

"TV presenter Tanya Byron is among thousands of people supporting a family’s fight to secure the right care for their autistic teenage son."

"The psychologist... said the case of 15-year-old Matthew Garnett was a `breach of human rights`."

"Matthew has spent six months on a locked psychiatric ward because of a lack of specialist support elsewhere. More than 20,000 people have signed a petition launched by his parents Robin and Isabelle."

"The couple from West Dulwich, who face a  70-mile, four-hour round trip to visit their son, want the NHS to transfer him to a specialist autism unit for assessment and treatment. Their #makeroomformatthew campaign highlights the lack of specialist support for people with autism as well as learning disabilities."

"Matthew has been detained under the Mental Health Act at the Cygnet Hospital Woking in Surrey since September. The Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit is the equivalent of an A&E but for people with mental illness."


"Mr Garnett claimed his son had deteriorated `on all fronts` since being admitted, and thinks he is in prison. He said: “Matthew’s chances of recovery are diminishing every day that the NHS fails to provide him with the appropriate assessment, treatment and care he urgently needs..."

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