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Government slow to improve services for people with learning disabilities, report finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1118 (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1118
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. BMJ

The government should establish a new national commissioner to promote and protect the rights of people with learning disabilities and autism in England, a new report has said.1

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, has been reviewing services since the BBC’s Panorama investigative journalism programme showed abuse at the private Winterbourne View Hospital near Bristol in 2011. He said that progress had been too slow since the scandal.2

Bubb, who was asked by NHS …

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