People with learning difficulties face abuse in health settings

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:581
  1. Paul Stephenson
  1. 1London

    Health trusts and local authorities in the United Kingdom have a duty to promote respect for human rights to help stop the neglect and abuse of adults with learning disabilities, a parliamentary committee report says.

    The report, on the rights of adults with learning disabilities by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, found that public bodies are not fully committed to implementing government policy on rights, independence, choice, and inclusion. It also says that limited resources are undermining attempts to implement the policy.

    The committee heard evidence that people with learning disabilities …

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