HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being wasted by not having adequate psychology services for adults, claims the executive director of Autism Jersey.
Taxpayers are paying £150,000 a year for every person that has to be placed in a secure unit in the UK because there is no support for them in Jersey, says Philip Le Claire.
Mr Le Claire is calling on the States to urgently address the ‘crisis’ after a suicidal woman with Asperger’s syndrome – an autistic spectrum disorder – was ‘manhandled’ and locked up in a police cell because no one else could help her.
He says that the Health Minister, Senator Jim Perchard, should make a U-turn on a decision not to provide the funding Mr Le Claire says is necessary for the psychology services. He believes that the lack of access to an appropriate adult psychological or counselling service could have a major impact for victims of historic child abuse.
• Mr Le Claire is the subject of the Saturday Interview in today’s Jersey Evening Post