..living in psychiatric hospitals across Scotland. That’s according to an ‘investigation’ by BBC Scotland’s Disclosure. At least 40 people have been stuck in hospital for more than ten years and 15 people for more than 20 years.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
There are an estimated 120,000 people who have a learning disability in Scotland. Learning disability is lifelong and affects around 1 in 50 people. There are around 26,786 adults who have a learning disability known to local authorities across Scotland.https://www.enable.org.uk/get-support-information/what-is-a-learning-disability/#:~:text=There%20are%20an%20estimated%20120%2C000,to%20local%20authorities%20across%20Scotland.
Drawing on data from the Scottish Census 2011:
- 13,666 (0.6%) adults aged 16-64 years and 698 (0.1%) adults aged 65 years and over in Scotland were known to have autism
- 17,348 (1.9%) children aged 0-15 years were known to have autism.
When I saw that word ‘dozens’ my sampling ear twitched. So, out of 150 000 people estimated to have learning disabilities, around 40 are ‘stuck in hospitals?’ That’s 0.0026%. Here’s a thought. Might a small number of such cases be best dealt with in the security and staffing levels you get in hospitals? They interview only 4 I gather. Either way, it’s a teeny teeny sample.
Disclosure Scotland have a pathetic track record of pursuing soft topics like this. While BBC Wales investigates terrorism, they pursue old folk in care homes or get lost following a lorryload of calves to Spain.
To read more of their not-so-daring investigations see: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=disclosure