(London, UK) Mrs Lash Wilson, mother of 16 year old James Wilson who went missing for 5 days is calling on the Secretary of State for Health, Rt.Hon.Alan Johnson to launch an urgent inquiry as to how Goodmayes Hospital in Essex allowed a 16 year old boy with autism out to the shops unsupervised. Mrs Wilson has also made a direct appeal to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Her MP, Lee Scott the well known autism campaigner is also taking up the case at the highest levels.

The vulnerable teenager, James Wilson of Woodford Green who is on the autism spectrum, was being treated at the Brookside Young People’s Centre in Goodmayes Hospital in Essex. He had been suffering from anxiety attacks during his GCSE exams – James is a pupil at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex. Ms Lesh Wilson,has accused the staff of Goodmayes Hospital of ‘appalling negligence,’ after she arrived on Saturday 12th July morning to be told that James had left the hospital to go to the shop unsupervised. The teenager had disappeared from the Young People’s Centre at Goodmayes Hospital.

James’ Oyster card showed that he had jumped on a tube train at Redbridge Underground Station at 11 am on 12th July before getting off in Epping Station at 11.45 a.m. There was no trace of James for 5 days until the morning of Thursday 17h July- he was found by police, James had walked from Epping via Chelmsford to Colchester. Ms Wilson had feared he had died of hunger and the cold.

Ivan Corea, head of the UK Autism Foundation has joined forces with Ms.Lesh Wilson, mother of James Wilson, to ask the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson, launch an inquiry as to how a teenager with autism was allowed out of Goodmayes Hospital without any supervision.

Ivan Corea said: ‘We are appalled by what took place, by the grace of God James is alive. We are now calling on the Government to tighten up all procedures and guidelines where children and young people people who are in the care of hospitals, residential centres, schools and other institutions to hold staff accountable – the Government must protect the vulnerable. We are asking for an immediate inquiry, ‘ he said.

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder – over 500,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum, over 90,000 children have autism. Accordimg to UK researchers, 1 in 100 children are on the autism spectrum.

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