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Health needs of people with learning disabilities neglected

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1517
  1. Colleen Shannon
  1. London

    People with learning disabilities are being neglected in hospital and receiving a poor standard of care across the NHS in England and Northern Ireland, says the learning disability charity Mencap in a report. The report marks the launch of Mencap's campaign for better health care for this group of patients.

    “People with a learning disability have the same rights as everybody else, and healthcare professionals should ensure they are treated with the same respect and values as other members of society,” said Jo Williams, the charity's chief executive. “Mencap won't settle for anything less.” …

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