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UK government sets up inquiry into premature deaths in people with learning disabilities

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b227 (Published 21 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b227
  1. Janet Snell
  1. 1London

    The UK government has announced that it is setting up a confidential inquiry into premature deaths among people with learning disabilities to provide evidence for clinical staff and improve commissioning.

    The NHS is one of the key priorities in the Valuing People Now report, a cross governmental strategy aimed at improving the lives of one of society’s most excluded groups.

    In the report, published on Monday, the government accepts all 10 recommendations made by Jonathan Michael, former chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, after his independent inquiry last year into access to health care for people with learning disabilities.

    These include the introduction of mandatory …

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