Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Dying for things to change

What is the extent of the inequalities that people with learning disabilities face in primary healthcare settings? Claire Bates, a quality analyst at support provider Choice Support, investigates: It has been more than six years since Mencap published its 2007 report Death by Indifference, which highlighted the shocking deaths of six people with learning disabilities in NHS care, but have the lessons been learnt from this? Choice Support’s recent health survey suggests not. It identified that in 2013 pockets of disability discrimination and a lack of understanding surrounding people with learning disabilities still exist within the NHS. This poses a


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