Thanks to The Mail again, http://archive.is/3zcbc
“A cluster of ‘fat cat’ private operators is creaming off hundreds of millions of pounds from the NHS after muscling in on the cruel but lucrative trade in locking up people with autism and learning disabilities.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that seven providers are charging taxpayers up to £730,000 a year for each patient held in controversial and secretive secure psychiatric units.
There are 2,375 people with autism and learning disabilities held in assessment and treatment units (ATUs) at a cost of about half a billion pounds a year, with scores more held in other secure units. One man alone is thought to have cost taxpayers more than £10 million after being held against his family’s wishes for more than 17 years.”