The health secretary has apologised to an autistic girl who is locked up 24 hours a day without human contact.

Matt Hancock has told Sky News that “the current plan” is to get Bethany – whose full name cannot be published – moved to a “more appropriate setting before Christmas”.

Asked by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge if he would say sorry to Bethany’s father Jeremy, Mr Hancock said: “Of course I apologise to Jeremy, and frankly to Bethany, for the things that have gone wrong in her care.”

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