A census has revealed that anti-psychotic medication is given to more than two thirds of inpatients with learning disabilities in specialist units.
The findings also showed that over half (56.6%) of the patients had experienced an "incident" during the three months preceding the census date such as self-harm, an accident, physical assault on the patient, hands-on restraint or seclusion.
The analysis of the 2013 Learning Disability Census was commissioned in response to events at Winterbourne View Hospital and have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
Its results are based on survey responses received from 104 (58 NHS and 46 private) provider organisations in England on behalf of 3,250 service users in September last year.
All too often, inspection teams found that people using services were at risk of being restrained inappropriately because staff often did not understand what actions count as restraint, and when restraint happened there was inadequate review of these putting people at risk of harm or abuse."
People with learning disabilities have a one in two chance of receiving substandard care, a report by the care services watchdog revealed today.
Nearly half of the 145 hospitals and care homes inspected nationwide by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) did not meet required standards in terms of care, welfare and whether people were safe from abuse, the report showed.