02 October 2018 – Guardian
‘Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients
02 October 2018 – BBC News
Growing numbers of patients with learning disabilities are being physically restrained in mental health units, in spite of ministers telling NHS trusts to use such techniques less often.
Staff in NHS mental health hospitals deployed restraint on such patients 22,000 times last year, this equates to nearly 50% more than the 15,000 occasions in 2016, according to BBC research.
The restraints included a rise in face-down or “prone” restraint, which is particularly controversial and has been widely criticised as dangerous. Used 2,200 times in 2016, the figure rose to 3,100 in 2017.