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People with learning disabilities are being let down by NHS

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39419.489039.4E (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1177
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Sweeping changes are needed in the organisation and ethos of the NHS’s dedicated inpatient facilities and care homes for people with learning disabilities, the health watchdog for England has said.

    Care at NHS facilities for people with learning disabilities falls short of modern safety and quality standards, says the Healthcare Commission in a new report, and many people live in bleak accommodation far away from their families.

    Institutional failings mean that many people are being deprived of their human rights and dignity and have little access to advocacy services, few choices about how they live their lives, and limited activities, the report says. Services are too reliant on drug treatment to …

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